AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has criticized UEFA for creating another opportunity for teams who finished 3rd in their groups by taking them to Europa League.
According to the Portuguese gaffer, Champions League teams to go home when they get eliminated from the Europe top-flight competition instead of moving them to the Europa League.
The former Chelsea boss also claimed that it would be meaningless if teams that were relegated from the Champions League win the Europa League this season.
Recall that Roma won the maiden edition of the Europa conference League last season but now features in the Europa League this season.
The Portuguese said this following AS Roma’s Europa League round of 16 second-leg 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad on Thursday.
Recall that the likes of Manchester United, Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen and Sporting Lisbon were all relegated from the Champions League to Europe’s second top-flight competition this season.
Speaking with Sky Sport Italia, Mourinho said: “There are teams there who, in my view, should not be there. If they are eliminated from a competition, they should go home!
“So if the Europa League is won by a side [Man United, Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting Lisbon] that went out of the Champions League, then it will be meaningless to me.”
Mourinho’s side will face Feyenoord in the Europa League quarter-final tie next month after the draw was conducted on Friday.
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