According to Jose Mourinho, Roma did not lose the Europa League championship match against Sevilla in May.
Sevilla won the championship after a penalty shootout in Budapest, but the Portuguese felt dissatisfied with the match officials.
After using foul words toward English referee Anthony Taylor during the final in Budapest, Mourinho received a four-match suspension.
Roma face Tiraspol to open their new Europa League campaign on Thursday, but Mourinho is still upset.
‘It is a different season to the last, a different competition,’ said Mourinho in his press conference.
‘I will also continue to say until the bitter end that we did not lose that final in Budapest. Every time people talk to me about it, I will tell them that we did not lose.
‘Having said that, today we start from scratch and the first objective is to qualify for the next phase. Last year we started the group with a defeat and that complicated matters, having to go through the play-offs, so winning the group would obviously be important.’