Sevilla will target a record-extending seventh Europa League title in today’s final against an AS Roma side under Jose Mourinho, who has himself won five major European trophies including last year’s Conference League with the Italians.
Neither Sevilla nor Mourinho have ever lost a European final, with the Spaniards having won all six of their Europa League finals and the Portuguese having last year become the first coach to win all the European trophies.
Mourinho’s haul includes two Champions League titles (Inter Milan and Porto), two Europa League crowns (Porto and Manchester United) and the inaugural Conference League trophy.
However, the Roma manager will have a hard task to steer his team to victory against Europa League thoroughbreds Sevilla who will arrive with momentum as they try to keep their astounding record in their favourite competition after a difficult season.
Languishing in the bottom half of LaLiga for a large part of a campaign in which they fired two managers, Sevilla rediscovered their mojo after exiting the Champions League.
They beat PSV Eindhoven, Fenerbahce and Manchester United before downing Juventus in the semis to reach the final.
They have lost only two matches since the arrival of manager Jose Luis Mendilibar in mid-March and are in the race for a Conference League place with one game left in LaLiga after spending most of the season fighting to avoid relegation.
Roma, however, are without a win in seven consecutive Italian league games and suffered a late collapse to lose 2-1 to Fiorentina on Saturday, ending any hopes Mourinho’s side had of a top-four finish in Serie A.
They earned a spot in today’s Europa League final after a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen in their semi-final return leg, securing a 1-0 aggregate win.