Jose Mourinho Brags about his Europa League Pedigree

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Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho on Wednesday bragged about his pedigree in UEFA Europa League which he has won twice in his managerial career.

The 57-year-old Portuguese tactician wants the world to remember that he has never been knocked out of the competition and that he has won the European second-tier competition twice which was also the number of times he has led teams to it.

The first time Jose Mourinho led a team to the Europa League was during the 2002-2003 season. Then, he was the football manager of Porto and the annual football tournament was known as UEFA Cup.

Porto team of Jose Mourinho celebrating their Europa League  triumph in 2003
Porto team of Jose Mourinho celebrating their Europa League triumph in 2003

Jose Mourinho who was relatively unknown across the world then, stunned most established clubs and coaches to win the title which was his first European title in his managerial career.

Afterward, he went on to lead the club to UEFA Champions League triumph before he left the Portuguese club to establish himself further as a world-class football manager at Chelsea.

In the 2016-2017 season, Jose Mourinho led Manchester United to Europa League for the second time in his managerial career. Again, the Portuguese tactician successfully guided the Red Devils to Europa League triumph.

Now, Jose Mourinho has taken up the challenge to end the trophy-less run of Tottenham Hotspur. He is leading the Premier League club to his third Europa League campaign and he believes that he will continue his winning culture.

“At this moment, we are playing Europa League”, said Jose Mourinho. We are going to try [to win it]. It is the third time I have played this competition and the other two times I won it. So the record is great, I have never been knocked out.

“Of course, I lost a few matches and we know it is difficult. The group stage is tricky, then you go to the knockouts, then teams coming from the Champions League – which in my opinion is very unfair.

“It’s a long competition, for now, we will focus on the points we need to qualify from the group stage.”

Jose Mourinho and his boys will commence the Europa League campaign on Thursday when they host LASK in Group J of the campaign. Tottenham also have Ludogorets and Antwerp to deal with in the group stage.