Jose Mourinho’s ambitious project with Roma is to build a Champions League-level team in the Italian capital.
The goal is to improve on last season’s sixth-place finish, which earned them a spot in this year’s Europa League.
The Portuguese coach is one year into his Roma project, which has a three-year plan, and he has already ended the Giallorossi’s 14-year trophy drought. The Europa Conference League victory not only gave Roma their first silverware since the Coppa Italia in 2008, but it also made Mourinho the first Portuguese manager to win all three UEFA trophies.
Mourinho’s goal is to get Roma back into the Champions League for the first time since 2018/19. They fell short last season, but improvements were made, and the team that is being built gives reason for optimism.
Nemanja Matic has also joined on a free transfer from Manchester United to add experience and quality in the middle of the park, while defender Zeki Celik from Lille has cost seven million euros.
Anything less than Champions League qualification in year two would be a failure for Mourinho and Roma.