Roma v Feyenoord: Europa Conference League final – live! | Europa Conference League


Up for grabs! Whoever wins tonight’s final will get themselves a berth in next season’s Europa League. But what’s this? Neither of them need it because they’ve both already qualified for the competition by dint of their finishing positions in their respective domestic leagues.

Roma got a top-six finish in Serie A, while Feyenoord finished third in Eredivisie. There is, however, a shiny pot and a big cheque worth €4.25m to play for in tonight’s final.

Roma v Feyenoord line-ups

Roma: Rui Patricio, Smalling, Ibanez, Mancini, Cristante, Karsdorp, Mkhitaryan, Pellegrini, Zalewski, Zaniolo, Abraham.

Subs: Vina, Perez, Shomurodov, Maitland-Niles, Veretout, Kumbulla, Sergio Oliveira, Spinazzola, Bove, Afena-Gyan, Fuzato, El Shaarawy.

Feyenoord: Bijlow, Geertruida, Trauner, Senesi, Malacia, Aursnes, Kokcu, Nelson, Til, Sinisterra, Dessers.

Subs: Pedersen, Hendrix, Jahanbakhsh, Linssen, Sandler, Cojocaru, Marciano, Walemark, Hendriks, Toornstra, Jansen, Hall.

Arne Slot speaks: “His CV makes you wary of his team,” said Slot of his opposite number. “He is known for winning many finals. But we mainly have to focus on his team, the tactics and the different ways they play. We shouldn’t pay too much attention to the fact that he has such an impressive track record in finals.”

Arne Slot
Feyenoord head coach Arne Slot addresses the ladies and gentlemen of the Fourth Estate during his pre-match media briefing. Photograph: UEFA/Reuters

Jose Mourinho speaks: “If I win I will become the first one to win all European trophies, but that’s only if I win,” said Roma’s manager ahead of tonight’s match. “When you arrive at a final after a season of work, the work is done. It’s the team’s moment, not the moment of an individual.

“I don’t believe in magical potions, I don’t believe in magical spells. There’s nothing special to be done, just us to be us as a team. Knowing the qualities we have, knowing the limitations we have. For me, no matter how the final ends, this is a positive season for us.”

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho takes training at the Arena Kombetare yesterday. Photograph: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

Tonight’s match officials

  • Referee: István Kovács
  • Assistant referees: Vasile Marinescu and Ovidiu Artene
  • Fourth official: Sandro Schärer
  • Video Assistant Referee: Marco Fritz
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Referee, Istvan Kovacs (centre) leads his team of match officials in a jog around the Arena Kombetare. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/UEFA/Getty Images

Early team news …

Along with Chris Smalling in Roma’s defence, Tammy Abraham looks certain to provide English representation in this final, spearheading the Italian side’s attack having banged in 28 goals in all competitions during a successful first season for the club.

Behind him, Nicolo Zaniolo could start in midfield after playing the final 14 minutes of Roma’s 3-0 win at Torino on Friday after recovering from a muscle injury. Elsewhere in the Roma midfield, Bryan Cristante could start in place of Jordan Veretout. Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also available for selection following his recovery from a hamstring injury he suffered against Leicester.

Also flying the flag for England, Reiss Nelson is likely to line up for Feyenoord at the end of his season at the Dutch club on loan from Arsenal. Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow is just back in training following a spell out injured since March and will probably have to settle for a place on the bench, with his more match fit understudy Ofir Marciano getting the nod. On loan from Genk, Cyriel Dessers is the top scorer in the competition with 10 goals and will play up front for the Dutch side.

Cyriel Dessers
Feyenoord’s Nigerian forward Cyriel Dessers is the top scorer in this season’s EUropa Conference League. Photograph: Ozan Köse/AFP/Getty Images

ECL final: Roma v Feyenoord

The Albanian city of Tirana is the venue for the inaugural Europa Conference League final, to be contested by Roma and Feyenoord. Greeted with some suspicion and a little derision upon it’s launch, the competition has actually proved quite the success.

Tonight’s finallists have played 36 matches between them in the competition thus far and tonight either Jose Mourinho or the considerably less famous Arne Slot will mastermind victory for their side in the first ever final. Kick-off at the 22,000-seater Arena Kombëtare is at 8pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

Arena Kombëtare
Feyenoord’s players train at the Arena Kombëtare yesterday. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty Images



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