Kjetil Knutsen, head coach for the suddenly famous Bodø/Glimt football club in Northern Norway, was still celebrating his players’ sensational slaughter of the much bigger and powerful Roma on Thursday night. He said after the match that he began to believe in victory when he saw how Roma’s players and famous coach, José Mourinho, were preparing for it.
“It seemed as though they weren’t going to put much effort into the match, I think it’s honest to say that,” Knutsen, who was being hailed from north to south, said at a press conference after Bodø/Glimt beat Roma by an astonishing score of 6-1. Never had any team led by Mourinho, who had bundled up while in the city that lies just over the Arctic Circle, allowed so many goals by their opponents.
Knutsen also thought Roma was also extremely preoccupied with the weather, which was cold and wintry like it often is in Bodø in the middle of the autumn. “That was not to our disadvantage,” Knutsen said.
His players and not least Bodø/Glimt fans went on to have an unforgettable evening on the pitch, scoring goal after goal, also after Mourinho sent in his best players. When it was all over, Knutsen said that Mourinho told him “enjoy the evening, very well-deserved.” Knutsen himself credited a strong performance by good players, calling both Erik Botheim and Ola Solbakken “outstanding,” and branding team captain Patrick Berg as “the hero.” Commentators also claimed that Roma was defeated by more than wind and cold, with newspaper Aftenposten writing that Bodø/Glimt “delivered a match for the history books.”