Mourinho aims to fulfil Euro set with Roma
Jose Mourinho has won the Champions League twice and derided Rafael Benitez's achievement of winning the the Europa League with Chelsea, but now he finds himself in the final of the third tier Europa Conference League he is relishing it.
"If I win I will become the first one to win all European trophies, but that's only if I win," Mourinho said on Tuesday.
The 59-year-old, whose Roma side face Feyenoord at the Arena Kombetare in Tirana on Wednesday evening, added: "I keep saying I cannot believe I am 59 years old. I cannot believe I have a 21 or 22-year career as a head coach.
"I cannot tell you when I am going to stop because I cannot visualise it. The passion doesn't change."
Mourinho, who led former club Porto to UEFA Cup and then Champions League glory before repeating the latter feat with Inter Milan and then winning the Europa League with Manchester United, will attempt to complete the current set of European honours in Albania.
Roma, who secured their place in the final with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Leicester in the last four, head into the game having won just two of their last eight games in all competitions, and with their manager - part of Sir Bobby Robson's staff at Barcelona when they won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1997 - aware of another potential landmark.
Mourinho said: "Does each new achievement mean more than the previous one? It does.
"Winning the first one can come about by being in the right place at the right time. Winning the second time is tougher than the first time, and winning the third time is tougher than the second time.
"It's one thing to achieve success and win in a fixed amount of time, it's another thing to achieve success and win continuously throughout your career."
However if Mourinho and his players are to achieve their dream, they will have to find a way past a Feyenoord side that finished third behind Ajax and PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie and which had gone 10 games without defeat in all competitions until they went down 2-1 at home to FC Twente in their final league fixture.
Arne Slot's side got the better of Ligue 1 runners-up Marseille over two legs to book their showdown with Roma and with their European pedigree - they won the European Cup in 1970 and the UEFA Cup in both 1974 and 2002 - well established, have high hopes themselves.
Slot said: "To reach a final, you need luck at the right moments, but this group certainly has quality too."
Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.
Sign up for our emails