The Giallorossi started this competition from the play-offs and went through some tough moments, most notably the 6-1 defeat to Bodo/Glimt in the group phase, but finished it lifting the inaugural Conference League trophy in Tirana.
Roma had never won a major UEFA tournament before, as the Fairs Cup was not recognised in the 1960s, losing Finals in 1984 and 1991.
“We are a real team, we proved that. Now we have to celebrate and then start again, which is always difficult after a great victory, but a real team wins, celebrates and starts again,” Pellegrini told Sky Sport Italia.
It is inevitably a different experience for Pellegrini, as the captain who lifted the trophy, but also as a Roman and Romanista from birth.
“Naturally. Naturally. I said yesterday that I never would’ve imagined at the age of 25 to achieve this with the Roma jersey and the captain’s armband. It is a wonderful moment.
“Now we must celebrate, fix this moment in our minds and make it happen again in future.”
There were also 50,000 fans packed into the Stadio Olimpico who couldn’t make it to Tirana, watching the game together on giant screens.
“We can only give them an immense thanks. We have hopefully given back only a small part of what they have given us over the past few seasons.”
Every one of these players has just made history for Roma 💫
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