Bodo/Glimt coach Knutsen: I look at Mourinho differently now

Bodo/Glimt coach Kjetil Knutsen admits his approach to Roma rival Jose Mourinho has changed since this season’s famous 6-1 win.

The two teams face eachother again on Thursday night in the Europa Conference League quarterfinals.

“Perhaps my rapport with Mourinho has deteriorated a little since the first match,” Knutsen said.

“I have incredible respect for him and all he achieved in the world of football, but we’re probably quite different people. We come from different cultures, he is one of the most successful coaches in the world and I can only respect that.

“He was very kind, congratulating us after the first game. He protects his players and it’s fascinating to observe him close up.”

He continued: “It’s funny, at times the fourth official stands there to make sure I never leave my technical area, whereas five or six Roma men leap off the bench and chase after the assistant referee with no consequences.

“In a way, it was amusing to notice how different people are treated in a different way. We always try to be polite, that is an important value to have in life.”

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