Jose Mourinho and Xabi Alonso met again. The Portuguese and the Spaniard, who maintain a great friendship deriving from their time together at Real Madrid, met in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final where they met Roma won 1-0 Thanks to the goal of the youth team Eduardo Bove.
Before the meeting, the man from Setball waited for the Tolosa native to greet him and give him a hug and a kiss that left an emotional shot. After the game, both coaches were asked about the opposing coach and both expressed their excitement at meeting again after nearly a decade.
“It makes me excited. Having played against Stankovic, against Xavi, against Mota. Boys who were my players, now they’re coaches. I see their kids who are two or three years old and they’re now 15. And I say: ’15?’ “.but this is those.”Mourinho announced when asked in the mixed area.
For his part, Xabi Alonso felt emotional after meeting his “mentor” again after nearly ten years: “We haven’t seen each other in a long time. He was my coach and now it’s me, it’s different. I have a great relationship with him and it was great to see him again. We talked before the game.”.
The Portuguese and Tolosa still have a pending appointment. Well, the semi-final match will take place on Thursday, May 18th at the BayArena in Leverkusen.