The remarkable fact about Celtic hero Henrik Larsson and Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho made it five European trophies from five European finals last night when he guided his Roma team to a UEFA Europa Conference League victory over Feyenoord.
Like most big finals these days, it was a cagey, tense affair, with just a solitary goal determining the outcome at 1-0.
The Portuguese manager has never lost one of these big occasions and of course, unfortunately, it all started against us in 2003 when Celtic lost out 3-2 to his Porto side in the UEFA Cup Final.
However, remarkably, what Henrik Larsson managed to do that night remains unrivalled against Mourinho – he’s the only player to ever score against one of his teams in a European final and he did it twice!
Mourinho went on to win the 2004 Champions League final by a 3-0 scoreline when Porto trounced Monaco.
His next Champions League title came in 2010 when his Inter Milan team brought back the spirit of the 1960s with a 2-0 victory against Bayern Munich.
Then, Mourinho was a winner again in 2017 when Manchester United beat Ajax 2-0.
That brings us right up to date and to last night, which as mentioned was a tight 1-0 win.
Jose Mourinho remains an unpopular character with some Celtic supporters for Porto’s antics that night in Seville, which is fair enough, but that record is astounding.
Apparently, it takes a truly special and iconic player to score against one of his teams in a European final. Larsson was a force of nature that night and almost single-handedly dragged Celtic to one of our most famous victories.
It wasn’t to be, but what a performance and what a man! That it stands out to this day is a testament to the king and what he offered Celtic.
In other news, BBC set to air special Celtic programme.