LIMA, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Flamengo's Portuguese manager Jorge Jesus said that his team's 2-1 win over River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final on Saturday was the most important victory of his career.
Flamengo trailed 1-0 in the 89th minute at Lima's Estadio Monumental before two goals in five minutes from striker Gabriel Barbosa handed the Brazilian side their second Libertadores title - 38 years after the first.
"It's the most important title of my career," said the 65-year-old, who enjoyed trophy-laden spells at Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.
"The Copa Libertadores is for South America what the Champions League is for Europe. Any of the teams in the continent could have won it. Now we will try to win the Brazilian Serie A, but this is undoubtedly the most important trophy."
Saturday's result earned Flamengo a place as South America's representative in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar next month.
Jesus, who joined Flamengo in June, won only one of his first five matches in charge of the Rio de Janeiro club. But the Rubro-Negro are now unbeaten in 26 matches across all competitions and just one domestic victory away from securing a historic Serie A-Copa Libertadores double.
"When I decided to come to Flamengo a lot of people didn't agree with me, including my friends and my agent. But I made my own decision to come without being influenced by others. If we win the Club World Cup, it will be the best year of my career. "
Jesus played down suggestions that he could leave the club in the coming months amid reported interest from European sides.
"I feel very good at Flamengo. I've made many friends in Brazil and the people have always treated me very well," he said.