AS Roma coach, Jose Mourinho, has revealed that he was afraid of losing his 1000th career game against Sassuolo on Sunday.
The dramatic match ended with a late minute victory for the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager who replicated his famous Porto vs Man Utd celebration after he led the Portugues giant to a late Champions League winner at Old Trafford 17 years ago.
Roma the lead through Bryan Cristante in the 37th minute but Sassuolo restored parity in the second half (57').
However, it was super sub, Stephan El Shaarawy's injury-time winner that sent the Stadio Olimpico fans into wild celebration as Mourinho, 58, raced down the touchline, jumped on striker Tammy Abraham, as he celebrated with his players.
He told DAZN: "During the week I was a liar even to myself, I wanted to convince myself that it was not a special game. But it was special.
"One thousand games is a lot and I didn't want to lose, I was afraid of losing.
"It was an incredible feeling, this game could have finished 6-6 or they could have won, if not for Rui Patricio's saves.
"We missed a few chances with a practically empty net. For the neutrals it was an extraordinary match.
"Today I was not 58 but 12, it was a child's game. I have already apologized to [Sassuolo coach, Alessio] Dionisi. I congratulate them. It was a fantastic match."