Ruben Amorim: Sporting Boss Rejects Mourinho Comparison After Eliminating Arsenal From Europa League

Ruben Amorim: Sporting Boss Rejects Mourinho Comparison After Eliminating Arsenal From Europa League

Elijah Odetokun
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:28 PM
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  • Sporting Lisbon eliminated Arsenal from the UEFA Champions League on penalties
  • Jose Mourinho's AS Roma also eliminated Real Sociedad with a 2-0 aggregate score
  • Sporting boss Ruben Amorim has since refused to be compared to the Special One

Ruben Amorim guided his Sporting Lisbon side to a 5-3 penalty shootout victory over Arsenal in the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League, after the two legs ended in a 3-3 draw.

Jose Mourinho's AS Roma battled to a hard-fought goalless draw against Real Sociedad to progress to the quarter-final on a 2-0 aggregate scoreline, having earlier won in Rome last week.

The two sides could likely meet in the quarter-final, with the draw scheduled for noon GMT at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Ruben Amorim, José Mourinho, Sporting Lisbon AS Roma, UEFA Europa League.
Sporting CP boss, Ruben Amorim has rejected claims he is the new Jose Mourinho. Photos by Zed Jameson/Luciano Rossi.
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Amorim rejects Mourinho comparison

Sporting boss, Ruben Amorim has been compared to Jose Mourinho due to similarities in the style of play and how young their careers started.

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He was faced with the question yet again after beating Arsenal and he expertly responded in his post-match conference, as quoted by Roma Press.

“There will never be another Mourinho. He is one of a kind, and he has already sent me a message saying that the old man and the young one have both qualified for the next round,” he said.

Amorim on Chelsea's radar

Chelsea surprisingly fired Champions League-winning manager, Thomas Tuchel last year and replaced him with former Brighton manager, Graham Potter.

According to reports by HITC, Amorim was also interviewed by Todd Boehly for the role. Had he been hired, he would have followed his mentor's path by moving to the Blues from Portugal.

He was also linked to Stamford Bridge during the poor run of form under Potter, which was recently turned around after the team won three games in a row.

Mourinho aims swipe at rivals

Sports Brief also reported on Mourinho slamming rival Italian clubs, Juventus and Lazio after his team progressed to the quarter-final of the Europa League.

The former Real Madrid boss is unhappy with teams dropping from the Champions League into the Europa League, as in the case of Juve this season.

Meanwhile, Lazio were eliminated from the Conference League last night, prompting the Special One to comment that things 'were as they should be'.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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