Chelsea boss Antonio Conte known as Jose Mourinho a “little man” with a “very low profile” and a “faux” as he continued his extraordinary public confrontation with the Manchester United supervisor after Chelsea have been held to a goalless draw by Norwich Metropolis within the FA Cup on Saturday.
Chelsea face a replay at Stamford Bridge later this month after a tepid efficiency towards their Championship opponents at Carrow Highway, however the true leisure was supplied by Conte’s postmatch feedback as he responded to Mourinho’s reference to his previous implication in a match-fixing scandal.
Earlier than coming to Chelsea, Conte was implicated in a 2011 fixing scandal whereas boss of Italian aspect Siena and served a four-match ban, however he was in the end cleared of any wrongdoing 5 years later.
After already calling Mourinho “slightly, little man” in his postgame TV interview, Conte defined in his information convention: “I feel when there are all these feedback, earlier than [making them] you need to know very nicely the reality.
“The reality is that I used to be banned for 4 months from the sporting justice, for failure to report [match-fixing]. Then I requested for an actual trial by court docket they usually declared my innocence.
“Earlier than you make any such remark, earlier than [you try] to harm one other particular person, you could pay nice consideration. You present you’re a little man. You do not know very nicely which is the scenario.
“However I do know him very nicely up to now. Previously he was slightly man in lots of circumstances, he’s slightly man within the current and for positive he will probably be slightly man sooner or later. Additionally if he desires to attempt to change his behaviours. However the particular person is that this, Mourinho is that this. You already know him very nicely. The extent may be very low.”
Earlier than his information convention, Conte spoke to the BBC and stated about Mourinho: “He was slightly man up to now, he is the little man within the current, possibly he will probably be slightly man additionally sooner or later.”
“When the goal is to offend, to insult, I feel that you’re a little man”
“It isn’t a shock for me”
“That is his approach”
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Mourinho sparked the newest hostilities with Conte earlier this week by referring to some managers who’re “a clown on the touchline,” and the Chelsea coach responded by suggesting that his United rival may need a reminiscence downside that has made him neglect his personal previous behaviour on the pitch.
Mourinho in flip took exception to that and stated after United’s FA Cup win on Friday night time: “What has by no means occurred to me and can by no means occur is to be suspended for match-fixing.”
Requested concerning the feud on Saturday, Conte added: “This isn’t my downside. I contemplate him slightly man, a person with a really low profile. There’s a story to talk for him and for me. You possibly can change the story. However you need to know the story very nicely earlier than hurting one other particular person. Within the final interval he is struggling a little bit of amnesia.
“Once you develop into to be older, there may be any such threat. Additionally for me, and for you. For [everyone]. The issue is in case you present this. He should pay nice consideration. He is doing this with regularity.”
Requested when Mourinho had confirmed himself a “little man” up to now, Conte replied: “I bear in mind, for instance, a silly instance with [manager Claudio] Ranieri. When he was in Italy he offended Ranieri for his English. Then when Ranieri was sacked [by Leicester City] he placed on a shirt [with initials on it in support of] Ranieri. This exhibits you’re a faux.
“I feel you’ve got good consideration for an individual or not. It does not change your opinion to be extra sympathetic. If you wish to battle an individual, you attempt to kill this particular person. After which after two years you attempt to assist this particular person, as a result of possibly it is good for you, in your profile.”
This spectacular escalation in stress between Conte and Mourinho means all eyes will probably be on the Previous Trafford touchline when Chelsea go to United within the Premier League on Feb. 25, and the Italian insisted he’ll relish the event.
“The scenario may be very clear,” he continued. “I haven’t got something to make clear. Will probably be the chance [to clarify things] within the recreation towards United once we go to Previous Trafford. Me and him, nose to nose. I am prepared. I do not know if he is prepared.”
Liam is ESPN FC’s Chelsea correspondent. Comply with him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.