José Mourinho sees no reason to stop after reaching another European final as he approaches his 60th birthday.
Mourinho, 59, was asked Wednesday if critics had rushed him and 62-year-old Carlo Ancelotti into writing.
Mourinho’s Roma will meet Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final next week. Three days later, Ancelotti’s Real Madrid team will play Liverpool in the Champions League final.
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The two coaches had mixed results in their previous jobs in Tottenham (Mourinho) and Everton (Ancelotti) in England.
“The problem with Carlo was that when you coach Everton you definitely won’t win the Champions League. My problem is that people look at him as if I’m taking jobs to win Was not about, “said Mourinho. “When you have a history of repeated successes, people can say those things – it doesn’t bother me.”
Next Wednesday’s match in Tirana, Albania will be the fifth European final of Mourinho’s career. He has won all four of the coaches he has coached in almost two decades: the 2003 UEFA Cup with Porto and the 2004 Champions League final; 2010 Champions League final with Inter Milan; And the 2017 Europa League final with Manchester United.
Still, young coaches like Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp have attracted more attention than Mourinho in recent years.
“I don’t think of it as a ‘new generation’ or a ‘different race,'” Mourinho said. “There is no age of quality. The same thing applies to players. There are players who are great at age 20 and players who are great at age 40.
“You only work when you don’t have the passion left. When you don’t feel a little bit of pressure before these games, it means you’ve done it,” Mourinho added. “I know it for myself and I know Carlito (Ancelotti) well. When you find the passion and the quality, it’s up to us when we can say it. We are the ones who will decide. When to leave. But I think you’ll have to wait a while. Because it won’t happen soon. “
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