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MOSCOW, may 25. /TASS/. English football club “Manchester United” deserved to win the Europa League. This opinion was expressed by head coach of Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, quoted by the press service of the Union of European football associations (UEFA).
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On Wednesday, “Manchester United” with the score 2:0 won the Dutch “Ajax” and won the Europa League. Thanks to a victory “Manchester United” won the right to play in the group stage of the Champions League next season. The club was unable to secure a place in the Champions League at the end of the championship, finishing in sixth place.
“We fully deserved this victory and I’m so glad to see the guys with the crutches and a trophy, Mourinho said. Is the end really hard, my most difficult as a coach, but a good season . We would prefer to win the League of Europe, than to come in fourth, third or second in the championship. And we reached the goal we were back in the Champions League, winning an important title.”
“Now the assets of the club all the titles in world football. We fought for the victory in the Europa League from the beginning, and we always thought I can do it. Today we were much stronger than Ajax. In football many “poets”, but “poets” doesn’t win a lot of trophies. We know we are better than them, and used the weak side,” added Mourinho.
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The coach also said that players “Manchester United” it was hard to go to the match after the events in Manchester. Before the match there was a minute of silence in memory of those killed in the attack, which occurred on Monday in Manchester and claimed the lives of 22 people. The players took to the field in mourning bandages.
“It was very difficult to play after this dreadful week, he said. Yesterday we held a press conference because I wanted to prepare myself and try to forget what is more important than any games. I agree with the UEFA decision to play the final, but such questions, which return to the tragedy in Manchester, deprive us of the joy of achievement. If we could, we would have traded the Cup to return all those human life.”
54-year-old Portuguese Jose Mourinho was the first, who as head coach won the UEFA Cup/Europa League twice and the Champions League. In 2003 with Porto he won the UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League. In 2010, the Italian inter he won the Champions League. Mourinho was appointed the chief coach of “Manchester United” at the end of may last year. In addition, the trainer became the oldest coach who won the Europa League, which replaced the UEFA Cup in 2009. At the time of the last final, the Portuguese turned 54 and 118 days.