Jose Mourinho says Manchester United’s Europa League win over Ajax was a victory for preparation, claiming he knew his side would triumph as early as the very first minute.
‘I am very humble when I play finals,’ said Mourinho of his approach to big games in his post-match press conference.
‘I respect and study opponents. I try to make my players respect the opponents’ strengths and also to understand their weaknesses.’
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he expanded: ‘This game reminded me of Inter v Bayern Munich, as I felt we had it in the bag from the first minute.
‘We started really well and from the bench I had a sense of control. The team was solid and showed great tactical intelligence. From the first minute, you could tell the cup was going to be ours.’