Jose Mourinho was given a taste of his own medicine by RB Salzburg manager Matthias Jaissle.
Roma are in danger of tumbling out of the Europa League after the Austrian side beat them 1-0 in the play-offs. Nicolas Capaldo headed a dramatic 88th minute winner to send the Red Bull Arena into raptors and to put Salzburg in control of the tie.
As well as his teammates and the Salzburg coaching staff, manager Matthias Jaissle also could not stop himself from surging down the touchline to join in on the celebrations. It was eerily similar to Mourinho’s iconic touchline celebration at Old Trafford nearly 20 years ago.
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In 2004, a relatively unknown Mourinho took his vibrant Porto side to the red side of Manchester. After the contest, everybody knew who the ‘Special One was’. Francisco Costinha’s bundled finish in the dying stages secured a 3-2 aggregate victory for the Portuguese giants and sent Sir Alex Ferguson's side crashing out of the competition.
As the noise within Old Trafford began to dissipate, the only thing most fans could hear, aside from the joyful cheers of the travelling Porto supporters, was the sound of Mourinho roaring as he sprinted down the touchline. It was a victory which laid down a huge marker for Mourinho.
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Two months later, he carved himself a place in football folklore when Porto went on to win the Champions League. Nineteen years after the spectacular achievement, Mourinho was left rooted to his chair as another very promising European manager charged down the touchline in front of him.
Roma have it all to do in the second leg of the Europa League play-offs. Last season’s Conference League winners cannot afford to draw their second leg clash at the Stadio Olimpico.
“That’s football,” Mourinho said in his post-match interview when asked about the late defeat . “I think we dominated the game. We were always in control of a very calm game for us.”
He also added, “we’re getting better, but if you don’t put the ball into the back of the net there is always the risk of losing. We know who we are, we know our limits. You won’t hear me say anything bad when the team gives everything on the pitch. That’s the case tonight.”
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