One season in one game. The two teams, who are not qualified for the Champions League in their respective tournaments, have the opportunity to keep the honor in the Puskás Arena and obtain, in case of victory, the prestigious C1 dream.
“Only Seville remains,” reported the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, as the legendary Portuguese coach will try to present the second continental cup to Rome in two years, after last year’s victory in the European League conference against Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Thus, Jose Mourinho was able to obtain his sixth European title after the two Champions Leagues (2004 with FC Porto, 2010 with Inter Milan), the Europa League (2003 with FC Porto, and 2017 with Manchester United) and the European League Conference collected in 2022. .
Will Lusitanian art make a difference again? The Portuguese is great in these meetings – cleaver because he has never lost during a European final, with the exception of three failures in the Super Cup.
If he succeeds in winning, he will join Alex Ferguson and Giovanni Trapattoni, who has also been crowned six times in European Cups, behind Carlo Ancelotti and his nine titles, to present the second trophy to Roma after the losers in the two finals, in 1984 in C1 and in 1991 in C3.
Seven out of seven for Sevilla?
This new trophy will allow, above all, the wolves to return to the Champions League. Because C1, the goal announced by its leaders, is no longer possible through the championship after the end of the season upside down: Roma remains on a streak of seven matches without a win (four draws, three defeats) and sixth place in Serie A one day before the end of the season.
The victory of the Italian club in the European Cup could be the prelude to a wonderful treble across the Alps, ahead of the European League Conference Final between Fiorentina and West Ham on June 7, and the Champions League Final between Inter Milan and Manchester City on June 10. .
Carried away by ten thousand fans in Budapest and 50,000 spectators at the Olympico Stadium in Rome, the Romans can count on the return of Italian Leonardo Spinazzola, who was injured in the semi-final against Bayer Leverkusen. Just like the presence of Stephan El Shaarawy, who felt a little cramped this weekend. Argentine Paulo Dybala has an ankle injury and can also get along.
For its part, the Seville club also relies on impressive statistics: the red and white club, which is very close to relegation to La Liga just two months ago, has not been defeated in the European League final with six crowns, which is a record.
In the semi-finals, Jose Luis Mendelbar’s men, who arrived a few weeks ago after the departure of Jorge Sampaoli, have already won against an Italian club, beating Juventus Turin from Alegre after extra time (2-1) after a draw with his team. Torino in the first leg (1-1).
Currently in 11th place in La Liga and revived in a few weeks by the Spanish coach, Sevilla could count on the second leg supported by 42,000 fans in a coma. On Wednesday, around 10,000 will sing in Puskas Square to dream of a seventh coronation.