Jose: It was a matter of honor to beat, and Ludogorets is among the favorites in the other tournament

Jose Mourinho did not hide his relief at the press conference after Roma’s 3-1 win over Ludogorets in the Europa League.

The Romans’ success saw them finish second in the group, earning them a play-off spot in the tournament.

The Bulgarian champion, who led until the beginning of the second half of the match, but allowed a reversal, goes to the eliminations of the third strongest tournament – League of Conferences.

“It was a matter of honor for Roma to win and stay in the Europa League – said the Special. – We had to be in this tournament, that was one of our goals for the season.

It was very difficult because they are an organized team with quality, fast and creative players. If you make a mistake, their counterattack hits you like lightning. We knew it from the first game, when they beat us, and we conceded a goal like that again.

But after the break, another fire was burning in our game, and Niccolo Zaniolo changed everything. He has the qualities to do big things, he gives us another physical presence and in attack everything changes.

Roma have to go up the steps, that’s what’s next. Last season we won the Conference League trophy, now we are one level up. But we won’t be favorites in the Europa League – here come the sharks from the Champions League, who were relegated. They are stronger than the teams we qualify from the groups of this tournament.

We have to be much better in the spring than what we have shown so far in Europe.

Ludogorets? They are one of the strong teams in the Conference League. The strongest, in my opinion, are Lazio and West Ham, but after them come a few teams that can go far. And among them I put today’s opponent.”

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