Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Jose Mourinho doesn't blame Antonio Conte for criticism

Jose Mourinho doesn't blame Antonio Conte for criticism

Man United will host Chelsea on February 25, in case you were, for any unknown reason, wondering when the next meeting between Mourinho and Conte would be.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has accused Jose Mourinho of selective memory, even suggesting the Manchester United manager is suffering from "demenza senile", per Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Mirror.

Initially, Mourinho appeared to be backing Conte following the furore caused by his words on Thursday - only then to make the reference to match-fixing. "That never happened to me and will never happen".

I think if Arsene watches the game again, he'll understand that he was very lucky in the game with the refereeing decisions, It's odd because I don't like to speak about other coaches or players.

"The people who know me very well in Italy [know my personality]. for this reason you must pay great attention when you speak because if you want to go to fight with me I am ready. I have no problem". "I have no problem".

Conte's jab followed Mourinho's assertion that other managers act like "a clown" on the touchline, per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News. Honestly, I don't blame him. And, yes, I will make less in future.

"At the same time, when I start to listen with regularity to this situation it is right to answer, because it is amusing and I laugh a lot".

After Chelsea's draw at Norwich the Italian labelled him a'little man after his recent jibes
After Chelsea's draw at Norwich the Italian labelled him a'little man after his recent jibes

The most contentious of Conte's comments came when he used an Italian expression, "demenza senile" - senile dementia.

"I think he has to see himself in the past - maybe he was speaking about himself in the past", said Conte.

"What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match-fixing". Press should apologise to me and him. Now it is very hard to do only cinema [in football].

Conte penned an improved deal with Chelsea last summer after a superb first campaign at the helm, but his deal was not extended any further and he now only has 18 months left on his current terms.

Conte and Mourinho will meet again on February 25th as this should be a heated game as well. "He is a complete player but at the same time he is very young and he has just started his career".

When inquired whether he was referring to the ban handed to Conte for failing to report the match-fixing claims, the former Chelsea gaffer added: "Did he? He is a modern footballer".

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