ROMA manager Jose Mourinho admits he is “jealous” of Bayern Munich.
That’s despite the two sides playing in no competitions together this season.
Mourinho, 60, is yet to manage in Germany despite taking charge of clubs in England, Italy and Spain.
The Special One has been at Roma since 2021 and led them to victory in last season’s Europa Conference League.
Mourinho is now hoping to follow it up with success in this term’s Europa League.
And Roma have one foot in the quarters after a 2-0 win in the first leg of their last 16 tie against Real Sociedad.
However, Mourinho feels the game would have been less of a slog if he had more options on his bench.
Injury-prone Paulo Dybala was forced to play the full 90 minutes.
And Mourinho admits he would have loved to have had Bayern Munich’s subs warming his bench.
The Bundesliga champions booked their place in the Champions League quarters with a 2-0 win over PSG on Wednesday.
Bayern showed off their extraordinary strength in depth by subbing on Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Sadio Mane and Joao Cancelo.
And Mourinho jokingly admitted he was quietly “envious” of Julian Nagelsmann’s incredible options.
He said: “I am actually not a jealous man, but when I was who Bayern subbed in with Gnabry, Mane and Sane, I did indeed turn a bit envious.
“One of them would be sufficient for me. Then we could have subbed out Dybala and perhaps scored another goal.”
Mourinho’s own future at Roma is under the spotlight this summer.
West Ham are thought to be interested in the ex-Chelsea, Man Utd and Spurs boss.
And former Blues gaffer Thomas Tuchel is already being lined up as his replacement.