Antonio Conte hits back at Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho had some words for Antonio Conte at the final whistle of United’s 4-0 humbling from Chelsea, stating that Conte had disrespected his United side by trying to fire up the home crowd after the game was well and truly over.

The Italian manager has responded with a statement of his own, saying, “I was a football player, so I know how to behave on the pitch. There were United fans who kept singing, while ours were silent after a great performance from my team. I wanted to call the crowd to applaud the players, which seems normal enough to me.”

There was nothing normal about the result for ‘The Special One’; the loss was Mourinho’s worst ever result in the Premier League, and his worst overall since 2010. His side never had a chance to play in the manner they did against Liverpool at Anfield last week, as Pedro pounced on a defensive error to score the fastest goal in the Premier League this season, registering at 30 seconds.

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The strike was Pedro’s first goal of the season and just his ninth for the club, as the Spaniard continues through the second season of what has been a quiet spell for The Blues following a transfer from Barcelona. He has started back-to-back league fixtures for the first time this season because of omissions Willian and Oscar, both of whom have recently returned to the squad following compassionate leave.

Chelsea have built a base to build on following three successive league victories without a goal conceded, and Conte faces welcome headaches in the form of finding a way back into the squad for the key Brazilian duo of Oscar and Willian. John Terry continues to wait for his return, only making the bench in the last two games as Chelsea’s trio in defence continue to acclimatise to Conte’s methods.

“I have great respect for everyone. Nothing happened with Jose, especially as my behaviour seemed normal. I didn’t make fun of him or humiliate anyone, as I always demand respect,” said Conte. “Today, I think it is important to talk about the game and I say my players deserved this type of performance.”

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Both Chelsea and Manchester United will feature in derbies in the mid-week League Cup fixtures, first with Chelsea travelling to the London Stadium to face West Ham. Manchester United will play in the second Manchester derby of the season already, as they welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Old Trafford.

12 COMMENTS

  1. I am a Mourinho fan, and I can understand his bitterness.. losing 4-0 is heavy.. speacially with Chelsea.. I think he had in mind at least a draw…It would work as a ” small revenge ” for being sent off.. Mourinho is an intelligent man, and this issue with Antonio Conte is just a decoy, to avoid his players being hammered by the press & media.. Who knows him, surely knows he gets on the frontline to prevent his troops of being attacked..even if he gets bombed up.. Of course Antonio Conte is not to blame for arousing the fans.. the players did a fine job, as he did.. he is entitled to do that.. he his playing on his stage.. Mourinho did the same outrageuos move playing.. away.. remember Camp Nou ( with Internazionale ) Old Trafford ( FC Porto ).. We should look in the mirror before talking away.. I wish him and Manchester United luck, because he has got a lot of work to do… really a lot.. and congratulations to Chelsea and Antonio Conte because they deserved it..
    best regards

  2. mourinho is a yesteryear manager now. He’s had a good crack at the premiership and his techniques are tired and old. Its why chelsea let him go. he will lose the dressing room at und very soon as well. The prem is full of new blood, new ethos, new technique, and mostly new positivity. There isn’t room for mourinho anymore, and before long his time will be up. He is not a good ambassador for the new managers and teams of the premiership

  3. conte on the other hand – Welcome.v Good to have yet another honest, humble, passionate and solid manager here along with other newbies klopp and guardiloa etc

  4. Morihno built Chelsea and they are a great team that came back to hunt him..united is lost and playing all over the place and having one striker in front is not working well for united. They need to play a 4-4-3 and get the font players to run back to the middle ground at all times. Same as having the middle field players to run front and back . Middle field and front line of united is playing like children..

  5. Morihno has yet to get his best combination. Believe me or not if he does he will be unbeatable.Conte now has the right 1ST 11 bUT poor him he still plays Terry n loses against west ham

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