During the Serie A TIM match between AS Roma and AC Monza on October 22, 2023 in Rome, Italy, Jose Mourinho, the highly regarded head coach of AS Roma, was observed energetically making gestures on the sidelines.
In a thrilling twist, Mourinho’s Roma team is set to compete against Feyenoord in the knockout round play-offs of the UEFA Europa League. This presents a momentous chance for Mourinho, given that he is the sole manager who has achieved victory in all three of the existing European trophies. Significantly, he managed to win the Europa Conference League with Roma, the Champions League with Inter Milan and Porto, and even triumphed in the Europa League in his debut season with Manchester United in 2017.
At present, Roma is positioned in seventh place in Serie A, while Feyenoord occupies second place in the Eredivisie, trailing behind the league leaders PSV by only 10 points. The confrontation between these two strong teams guarantees an exciting match.
The draw for the knockout round play-offs also unveiled the pairings for other renowned clubs. Benfica, the team where Mourinho began his managerial career, will be competing against Toulouse, a team from Ligue 1. At the same time, Braga, another team from the Primeira Liga, will have a tough journey to Azerbaijan to play against Qarabag. Sporting Club, the second team from Lisbon in the draw, will be confronting the strong Swiss team, Young Boys.
Unfortunately, RC Lens, who couldn’t advance in the Champions League group stage, will be matched up against Freiburg, a team from the Bundesliga. Stade Rennais, a French team, will have a challenge ahead as they face AC Milan, the formidable Italian giants. Galatasaray, who are scheduled to compete against their long-standing rivals Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Cup hosted in Saudi Arabia, will be evaluating their strength and abilities by facing off against the Czech team Sparta Prague.
Due to the unfortunate circumstances of Russia’s invasion, Shakhtar Donetsk will be compelled to hold their home matches outside of Ukraine. They have been paired with Olympique Marseille in a highly anticipated and fierce contest.
In more positive news, British clubs Brighton, Liverpool, Rangers, and West Ham have all triumphantly progressed to the final 16 of the UEFA Europa League. As the knock-out round play-offs draw near, fans of football are filled with excitement and anticipation for the upcoming exhilarating matches. Mourinho’s Roma and Feyenoord are set to deliver a captivating performance, captivating the audience as they compete for a highly desired position in the subsequent phase of the tournament.