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Jose Mourinho says he felt like a 14-year-old kid celebrating Roma's last-gasp winner


Jose Mourinho says he felt like a 14-year-old kid celebrating Roma’s last-gasp winner in his 1,000th game as a manager and reveals he apologised to Sassuolo’s boss afterwards for his wild reaction











Jose Mourinho said he feels like a 14-year-old kid again after Roma scored a winner in the dying minutes against Sassuolo to ensure he marked his 1,000th game as a manager with a victory.

Roma’s 2-1 win saw Mourinho take his tally to 638 career victories, having drawn 205 and lost 157 of his other games, and maintained his perfect start in the Italian capital. 

Stephan El Shaarawy’s injury-time winner on Sunday night sparked wild scenes as Mourinho recreated his famous touchline-sprint celebration.

The Portuguese boss sprinted to join in in the celebrations with his players and fans and later revealed that he apologised to Sassuolo’s manager for his wild reaction after El Shaarawy’s goal handed him an important victory on his landmark occasion.

‘During the week I was a liar, saying it wasn’t a special match. But it was a special match,’ Mourinho told DAZN.

‘It was a match with a special number for me and I always wanted to remember a match like this for my 1000th game. I lied to everyone!

‘It could have ended 6 to 6, 7 to 7, (Roma goalkeeper) Rui Patricio came up with two miracles, we missed a few goals. Extraordinary game, a tremendous emotion.

‘Today I am not 58, but 14, when you start dreaming of a career in football. It was a child’s race, I apologized to [Sassuolo head coach Alessio] Dionisi, they played a fantastic game.’ 

Mourinho is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, having won 33 trophies during his time with Porto, Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

The 58-year-old’s reputation has taken a hit in recent years, after underwhelming spells at United and Tottenham. 

But Mourinho  



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