Ronaldo struck first but United had the last laugh thanks to Juan Mata’s late free kick and an even later own goal by Alex Sandro.
“It was very good game, a high-level game. We performed at a high level. After their goal we had five minutes to wake up again. But the team was there from the first minute until the last.”
Regarding his post-match ear-cupping gesture, he explains: “In beautiful Italian they insulted me for 90 minutes and then I didn’t insult them. I just made a little thing.
I know that millions of Interistas are happy with that. But I respect Juventus , their players and manager and all the qualities they have.”
Mourinho also says that he picked up on a comments that “a couple of the boys” made after the first leg that led him to believe they felt inferior to Juve. “I got this.
And we can’t feel like that. We can’t feel inferior.” Who was it who talked about a gulf in class after that game, again? “Of course Juve have power and quality all over the park and an amazing bench. This is a big big victory for us. We have a final now to play at home. We thought we would have two finals but now we have one. If we win that final against Young Boys, we go through [if Valencia don’t beat Juve]. I hope we will arrive to the match on time, not late. We had an amazing escort to the stadium here. Thank you to the Italian police.”