Anthony Taylor caught in José Mourinho’s toxic trail but anger problem runs deeper | Barney Ronay

The manager got lost in the kind of cynical rage that dominates the digital world, but football should not follow his example

“Like Jaws if everyone in Jaws worked for Jaws.” Watching José Mourinho circle the touchline at the Puskas Arena on Wednesday night, giving off that horribly persuasive eau de la haine, it was hard not to be reminded of the words of cousin Greg, Succession’s beanpole idiot savant, describing a similar scene of top-down toxicity.

We know that Mourinho energy by now, the toxic theatre, the performative rage, the love of conspiracy and imagined injustice. What does he look like these days, with his perfect shock of white hair, the quicksilver glare? An arms dealer on his way to play golf? A wrongly convicted serial killer who lives in a palazzo and drinks fine wine and turns out at the end of the movie to be a serial killer after all? Some kind of sporting dark lord: wronged football Jesus?

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Referees’ body condemns abuse of Taylor by fans after Europa League final

  • Footage shows fans harassing Anthony Taylor in Budapest
  • PGMOL condemns ‘unjustified and abhorrent’ behaviour

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) says it is appalled by the “unjustified and abhorrent” abuse directed at Anthony Taylor after video footage emerged of him being accosted by angry fans at Budapest airport.

Taylor and his family can be seen trying to evade a mob who were shouting at him as he travelled home after refereeing Wednesday’s Europa League final between Roma and Sevilla in the Hungarian capital, which the Spanish side won on penalties after an ill-tempered 1-1 draw.

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José Mourinho swears at referee Taylor and calls him ‘disgrace’ in car park rant

  • Roma manager escalates criticism after Europa League final
  • Uefa could take action over this and his press conference

José Mourinho escalated his verbal attacks on the referee Anthony Taylor after Roma’s Europa League final defeat by swearing at him in a car park while calling the English official “a disgrace”.

Mourinho was filmed shouting abuse at Taylor in English and Italian in the VIP car park before leaving the Puskas Arena in Budapest. Towards the end of about 50 seconds of criticism he walked up to the passenger door of what appears to be the van in which Taylor is to be driven away.

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Sevilla beat Roma on penalties to win a seventh Europa League – as it happened

Sevilla are champions for the seventh time, eventuallywinning a bad-tempered, eminently forgettable match on spot-kicks after three long hours

Mailbag: “I thought that after Spurs things would only get worse for Mourinho,” writes Kári Tulinius. “But things have clicked between him and Roma, both club and the fans. It’s a bit like one of those films where a curmudgeon who lives alone in a hut is shown that he can still love and be loved by the village’s new librarian or chocolatier or astronaut.”

“Spanish saffron and Italian oregano, stewing together with Hungarian paprika in a steaming cauldron,” writes Peter Oh. “What a delicious football feast for the ages! I have no idea what’s going to happen but I’m pretty sure someone’s gonna have a bad case of heartburn when all is said and done.”

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Football Daily | Something has to give in Roma and Sevilla’s Big Vase battle

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After the 178 matches (including qualifiers) and 464 goals you’ve almost certainly let pass you by because you’ve better things to do on a Thursday night, now might finally be the time to start taking an interest in this season’s Big Vase. Having survived the dreaded Thursday-Sunday grind through the season, Sevilla and Roma have been rewarded with a place in tonight’s final – scheduled for the slightly more exalted European week night of Wednesday – and it could be an absolute belter. An apparently immovable Euro Vase force, Sevilla have not lost any of the six finals they have contested. If they are to win a seventh they must beat a side managed by José Mourinho, who has masterminded victory in each of the five European finals he has been involved in, but doesn’t like to talk about it.

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Tammy Three Cups? Abraham targets treble in possible Roma farewell

Striker who won Champions League in 2021 and Conference League last season is aiming for glory in Europa League final

Give it a couple of days and Roma’s fans may change their tune. Well, not the tune exactly, but the temptation could be to tweak the words a little. In the Curva Sud at the Stadio Olimpico where they watched, enamoured, as Tammy Abraham belted out the club’s anthem and belted in the goals, they long since took to calling him Tre Punti Tammy, Tammy Three Points. Come back from Budapest with that 15kg hunk of silver and it could be time to call him Tammy Three Cups.

After all, the England striker says: “It is the only one left not in my cabinet.” Winner of the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021, the Europa Conference League in 2022, victory against Sevilla in the final of the Europa League in Hungary on Wednesday would complete a unique collection, all three continental competitions clinched and consecutively. Tammy Tre Tituli has a nice ring to it, echoes of José Mourinho’s famous “zero tituli” line, uttered more than a decade ago and repeated ever since, slipping into Italy’s footballing lexicon, his use of a u where there should be an o making it more memorable.

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‘Better coach, same DNA’: Mourinho matures as Roma target more glory

Manager says he is as motivated as ever with the Italians aiming to win a second consecutive European trophy against Sevilla

Not long ago, an Italian radio show opened the phones for listeners and a final-year biology student called Marta rang in with a problem. On Wednesday Marta graduates from university in Rome but, she explained, her dad won’t be there with her: he will be in Budapest instead. When it mattered, Roma came first. The story was soon everywhere, the subject of debate, and while not everyone agrees – the club’s former captain Daniele De Rossi said he was staying behind to be with his daughter – plenty were on her father’s side.

This is only the fourth Uefa final Roma have reached, after all. Half of those have now been under José Mourinho, who has won all five of those he has been at, including last year’s Conference League for Roma. That was their first trophy since 2008. If Marta is not happy with Mourinho, everyone else is delighted. Win the Europa League and some think it would be the greatest achievement of his career, bigger even than what he did at Porto or Internazionale.

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José Mourinho, the anti-Barça, may have gone out of style but he still matters | Jonathan Wilson

There is something magnificent about the Roma manager’s Europa Cup final date with Sevilla on Wednesday

Perhaps it’s different if you live in Italy or if Serie A is the league you follow most closely. Perhaps, then, José Mourinho is still a cussed ball of fury, bearing ancient grudges, determined never to relinquish a slight, real or imagined, the Keyser Söze of the dugout, the Karla of the press conference, manipulating and plotting, radiating paranoia as he insists his club is the victim of a conspiracy by the referees, the media and the football authorities.

But if not, there was something almost heartwarming about Roma’s 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final. He’s still doing it! He hasn’t changed! 28% possession. One shot on target to Leverkusen’s 23. The ball in play for just 54 minutes, despite 14 minutes of injury time. An xG of 0.03. This was a celebration of mourinhismo, a Camp Nou 2010 for the modern age. He had a lead from the first leg, so why should he attack?

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Inter claim Coppa Italia and offer City a glimpse of their knockout power | Nicky Bandini

Simone Inzaghi’s side fought back to beat Fiorentina in a fierce final battle and seem to save their best form for cup contests

Lautaro Martínez had not even got his hands on the trophy and already they were asking him about the next one, his TV interviewer rushing through a conversation about the Coppa Italia Inter retained on Wednesday night to get to a question about the Champions League final in Istanbul. “I want to keep going,” said the Argentinian. “I want to keep on winning.”

He has established quite a habit. In the last six months, Martínez has claimed three trophies – starting with a World Cup in Qatar last December, following up with a Supercoppa, and now the Coppa Italia. His first goal cancelled out an early deficit for Inter against Fiorentina, the second secured a 2-1 win.

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Guardiola accepts Manchester City’s legacy depends on Champions League

  • Manager says win against Inter is required to seal greatness
  • ‘I’m in agreement with people saying we have to win in Europe’

Pep Guardiola has said his Manchester City side must win the Champions League before they can be regarded as one of the greatest teams of all time, despite their superb domestic record since his first Premier League title in 2018.

A treble of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League would make them only the second team in English history to win all three trophies in the same season. It would, however, be the second time Guardiola has managed a side to the treble, after Barcelona’s triumph in La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League in 2008-09.

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Érik Lamela fires Sevilla past Juventus and into Europa League final

Europa League thoroughbreds Sevilla fought back to reach yet another final as substitute Érik Lamela scored with a fabulous header five minutes into extra time to earn a gritty 2-1 win over Juventus on Thursday, securing a 3-2 aggregate victory.

The Spaniards will bid for a record-extending seventh Europa League title when they face Roma in the final in Budapest on 31 May, after José Mourinho’s side drew 0-0 at Bayer Leverkusen to secure a 1-0 aggregate victory in their semi-final.

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Real Madrid’s capitulation may accelerate rebuild and Ancelotti exit | Sid Lowe

Champions League hammering at Manchester City could usher manager towards Brazil job and hasten transition to youth

“We have to tell the truth,” Toni Kroos said, and the truth hurt. There was no escaping it, not this time. “This defeat was very, very deserved,” the midfielder admitted when at last it was over, which by then was all Real Madrid could aspire to. The night before the Champions League semi-final second leg, Carlo Ancelotti had gathered his players at the Etihad Stadium and told them there would be moments they would have to hang on: 20 minutes, 25, maybe 30. It is their way, and Manchester City had made them suffer before, after all. Just not quite like this. Even half an hour turned out to be hopelessly optimistic.

That mark had just been passed when Kroos crashed a shot against the bar. It was Real Madrid’s first, and the first time they had anything resembling possession. In the opening quarter of an hour they had averaged less than a pass a minute and it hadn’t got much better. City had taken nine shots, and if they only led 1-0 it was because Thibaut Courtois had made two extraordinary saves. And yet in that moment, as the goal shook, you couldn’t help wondering whether Madrid were going to go and do it again. Two minutes later, Bernardo Silva made it 2-0. That’ll be a no, then.

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Manchester City’s destruction of Madrid has the feel of an era-defining triumph | Jonathan Wilson

Blend of intelligence and power should see off Inter in final and confirm petrostate clubs have finally surpassed traditional elite

For 15 years, Manchester City have had one ambition above all others. Since Sheikh Mansour acquired the club, the Champions League has been their goal. They’ve quested over high mountains and through dark forests. They’ve lost in quarter-finals and semi-finals, once in the final itself, thwarted by heroes and monsters, undone often as much by themselves as by external opponents. They stand again one game from glory and in their way stands the ultimate test: Inter, the team lying third in Europe’s fourth-best league.

It’s often said at particularly dramatic moments in sport that you couldn’t write the script. Well, you wouldn’t write this one. The narrative demands the final stage, the apotheosis of Abu Dhabi’s City project, should have a finale rather grander than this, that the final boss to be overcome should be rather more intimidating than a ragtag squad of things that were popular in England several years ago: Edin Dzeko, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku, Goldie the Blue Peter dog and social democracy.

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Manchester City inspired by ‘pain’ of last year’s heartbreak, claims Pep Guardiola

  • Manager says win over Real Madrid is best display of his career
  • ‘We had a fear in our stomach about what happened last season’

A delighted Pep Guardiola said that Manchester City used having to “swallow the poison” of last year’s semi-final defeat by Real Madrid to eliminate them this time and reach next month’s Champions League final against Internazionale with the finest display of his managerial career.

City blew the holders away with a 4-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night to win 5-1 on aggregate via two goals from Bernardo Silva, another from Manuel Akanji and Julián Álvarez’s final blow.

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