Rui Patrício was José Mourinho’s first big signing when he took charge of Roma last summer, and the 34-year-old goalkeeper repaid the coach’s confidence by being a key player in the Italian team’s journey to the UEFA Europe final. Conference League.
The Sporting CP and Wolves exporter achieved glory at UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League with Portugal, but this is his first major international final at club level. As he tells UEFA.com, he would love to celebrate by helping Roma win their first UEFA competition trophy.
On the rival in the final, Feyenoord
Feyenoord are a very well organized team and have very good players who can make a difference. When we prepare for the match, we will look at those players, their strengths and also their weaknesses, and try to exploit them.
It will be a great finale. We know that we will be facing a great team that has also had a great season, so we will do everything possible to win it. That is what we have to do and that is what we have been doing. We have to work hard like every day to be at our best.
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Work under José Mourinho in Rome
What if I still think that José Mourinho is the best coach in the world? My opinion is stronger. It has been an incredible year of learning. It has been great working with Mourinho. Without any doubt that everything we do and everything we fight for is to win, and that is why we have managed to reach a European final. It is the first time that I am in a European final at club level. I am very happy and I want to continue learning from him.
I was his first signing, but when I got here I knew what I was going to do and how I was going to do it, which is to give everything as I have always done at the clubs I have played for. I will never change that and I will continue to work at my best and give my best for the team. And that’s it; that’s what I have to do. I’m a professional footballer, so I always have to give it my all.
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The thrill of playing a final
It is the first European final that I am going to play at club level. It’s a pride, because it has always been one of my main goals: to reach the finals, especially the European ones. Since the beginning of the season, we have always had the goal of reaching the final. When we play a competition, whatever it is, we have to do everything possible to win it.
We have reached a European final. That’s a very good thing and every player’s dream, but next year we have to fight for new trophies. That is what moves us and what has to happen. We are in a high-level sport, in a club that has all the conditions to compete for titles, and that has to be our purpose every day. We always have to work to the maximum to achieve it.
On the possibility of Roma winning their first UEFA competition title
I think it gives us more motivation, but also more responsibility, because we are in a club where we have to win. We have to do our best, we have to fight for the club and for the fans, and that’s what we have to take into account. Each player knows his responsibility, he knows what he has to do because we are professionals. We know that it is very important for the fans and for the club, and we will do everything possible to win this trophy, because they certainly deserve it.
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