″Only shows the low level of competition″


Zdenek Zeman, helmsman of Giallorossi between 1997 and 1999, minimized the presence of the Italian emblem in the final of the Conference League

A usual critic of Jose Mourinho, former Roma coach Zdenek Zeman has devalued the Portuguese manager’s success in guiding Roma to the Conference League final as he understood there was little quality in the competition.

“The fact that Mourinho led Roma to the Conference League final is a sign of the low level of competition, done for underdeveloped footballing nations,” Zeman told ‘Rai Radio 1’, then disparagingly other achievements of Mourinho’s European career throughout his career. “Mourinho won with the teams [Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid, Manchester United] where others had already won, except Porto. It’s easy,” added former coach Giallorossi (1997-1999).

Mourinho, who will try to lift his fifth European trophy on May 25 in the Conference League final against Feyenoord (Netherlands) in Albania, has already been criticized by Zdenek Zeman. On March 19, the former coach, in the antechamber of a Lazio-Rome derby in Serie A, noted that Mourinho “failed in the quality expectations of football” and that Maurizio Sarri was “doing a better job”.

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