Mourinho says he and Ancelotti still have a lot more to give

  • Roma coach Jose Mourinho watches the Serie A soccer match between Roma and Bologna, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Sunday, May 1, 2022. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

    Roma coach Jose Mourinho watches the Serie A soccer match between Roma and Bologna, at the Rome Olympic stadium, Sunday, May 1, 2022. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP) Associated Press

  • Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti waits for the start of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Cadiz and Real Madrid at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium in Cadiz, Spain, Sunday, May 15, 2022.

    Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti waits for the start of a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Cadiz and Real Madrid at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium in Cadiz, Spain, Sunday, May 15, 2022. Associated Press

  • Roma's head coach Jose Mourinho gestures during a Conference League semifinal second leg soccer match between Roma and Leicester City, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Thursday, May 5, 2022.

    Roma's head coach Jose Mourinho gestures during a Conference League semifinal second leg soccer match between Roma and Leicester City, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Thursday, May 5, 2022. Associated Press

  • Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti, right, shakes hands with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Thursday, May 12, 2022.

    Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti, right, shakes hands with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Thursday, May 12, 2022. Associated Press

  • Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti watches the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Cadiz and Real Madrid at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium in Cadiz, Spain, Sunday, May 15, 2022.

    Real Madrid's head coach Carlo Ancelotti watches the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Cadiz and Real Madrid at the Nuevo Mirandilla stadium in Cadiz, Spain, Sunday, May 15, 2022. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/18/2022 10:57 AM

ROME -- José Mourinho sees no reason to stop now after reaching another European final while approaching his 60th birthday.

The 59-year-old Mourinho was asked Wednesday if critics had been too quick to write him and 62-year-old Carlo Ancelotti off too quickly.

 

Mourinho's Roma will meet Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final next week. Three days later, Ancelotti's Real Madrid team will play Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Both coaches had mixed results in their previous jobs in England at Tottenham (Mourinho) and Everton (Ancelotti).

'The problem with Carlo was that when you coach Everton you definitely won't win the Champions League. My problem is that people looked at it as me taking on jobs to win but it wasn't about winning,' Mourinho said. 'When you have a history of repeated success, people can say those things - it doesn't bother me.'

Next Wednesday's match in Tirana, Albania, will mark the fifth European final of Mourinho's career. He has won all four that he's coached in so far, over a span of nearly two decades: the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League finals with Porto; the 2010 Champions League final with Inter Milan; and the 2017 Europa League final with Manchester United.

Still, younger coaches like Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp have attracted more attention than Mourinho in recent years.

'I don't think about it as 'the new generation,' or 'a different generation,'' Mourinho said. 'Quality has no age. The same thing applies to players. There are players who are great at 20 and players who are great at 40.

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'When you don't have the passion anymore that's when you're done. When you don't feel a bit of pressure before these games that means you're done,' Mourinho added. 'I know it for myself and I know Carletto (Ancelotti) fairly well. When you've got the passion and the quality, it's up to us to say when we're done. We're the ones who will decide when to quit. But I think you'll have to wait a while. Because it won't be soon.'

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