Mourinho: “The failed sharks of the Champions League will reach the Europa League”
The Portuguese coach criticized the competition format of the Europa League in light of the imminent arrival of the big clubs that did not make it past the Champions League group stage
“All the failed sharks of the Champions are going to arrive. And it seems that some of the big ones are going to arrive. It's going to be fun “, he affirmed José Mourinho ironically after the Europa League match that his team, Roma , tied. before the Real Betis (1-1) at the Benito Villamarín.
Many have interpreted these statements by the Portuguese as a criticism of UEFA for the competition format used, whereby the teams that pass the qualifying phase The groups of the second continental competition meet in the elimination phase against the great European teams that have finished in third position in the group phase of the Champions League.
There are several clubs that are between a rock and a hard place. The Barça condemned, barring a miracle, to continue its course in the Europa League after the draw against Inter de Milan (3-3), in the same way that Atletico de Madrid, Juventus and even Sevillaare in a similar situation.
“There are opponents who shouldn't come to the Europe League, but it's the reality,” he analyzed. resigned the Portuguese coach, who still has work ahead of him to ensure the passage to the elimination phase. His team is also in third position, although it is true that the Italian team depends on each other. same. Two wins against the other rivals in the group –HJK Helsinki and Ludogorets– would be enough for that.