Those out to dismiss the Europa Conference League as a minor trophy might want to try telling that to the Roma supporters celebrating victory in Europe for the first time in 61 years.
From the stadium in Tirana to the fans watching in the Olimpico back in Rome, this was joy unbridled. Remarkably, the first piece of European silverware claimed by any Italian club in a dozen years had been delivered by the same coach who had won the previous one.
A certain Jose Mourinho.
The reputation is not as it was in 2010 when he took Inter to Champions League glory. The win over Feyenoord in Albania was his first trophy in five years, although the wait may have been shorter had Tottenham not sacked him on the eve of a cup final.
That might explain the tearful reaction to winning his fifth European final in five attempts. Over the course of this interview with Sky Sports, he will explain what drives him on as he approaches 60 years old, and how he has had to adapt and evolve to succeed again.
Firstly, let’s address that question of motivation.
“Well, it is my nature,” he tells Sky Sports.
“It is the nature of somebody who wants to be in football for many years. If you are not in love with football and you achieve everything there is to achieve in football, you just quit and you enjoy your medals. And you enjoy your life outside football.
“But if you love football, you do not want to stop. If you love football, you do not feel that you are getting older. You feel fresh, you feel young and that feeling goes until your last days.
“So, the motivation is part of the DNA.”
There are hints of the old belligerence in some of his responses. Is it too mischievous, for example, to…