Roma secured their spot in the Europa League final with a complete defensive display as they restricted Bayer Leverkusen from scoring in Germany. The match ended with a 0-0 draw as the Italian club advanced on a 1-0 aggregate scoreline after triumphing in the first leg of the semifinal at home. Their opponent in the final will be Sevilla, a six-time champion, who prevented an all-Italian final by knocking out Juventus with a 2-1 victory after extra time. José Mourinho will be in search of his 6th European Trophy.
Although Leverkusen's Moussa Diaby struck the crossbar early on and Roma goalkeeper Rui Patrício made key saves, Roma's defense remained solid. They managed to secure their place in the final with just one shot on goal in the entire game.
José Mourinho aims to secure back-to-back European titles with Roma, having won the inaugural edition of the Europa Conference League last season. He previously claimed the Europa League trophy with both Porto and Manchester United and has also won two Champions League titles.
"It's an unbelievable team, I don't know if I can ask for more from Roma, but these guys deserve something special," Mourinho expressed to Sky Sports.
For Roma, winning the Europa League could be their only chance to qualify for next season's Champions League. Sevilla, despite sitting 10th in the Spanish league, has once again proven their heroics in Europe, eliminating Manchester United in the quarterfinals. They aim to shift the season completely by clinching their seventh triumph in the second-tier European competition.