Tensions between Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho have boiled over in current days.
It appears that evidently no topic is off limits as the 2 males commerce escalating public insults, and all eyes might be on the Outdated Trafford touchline when Chelsea tackle Manchester United within the Premier League on Feb. 25.
ESPN FC takes a glance again at how this degree of antipathy developed between two of English soccer’s most high-profile coaches.
October 2016 — Mourinho humiliated at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea received Four-Zero on Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge return and Conte riled his reverse quantity by waving his arms to encourage the house followers to lift the quantity for his or her group within the remaining minutes. Mourinho was reported as telling him in Italian: “You do not have a good time like that at Four-Zero. You are able to do it at 1-Zero, in any other case it is humiliating for us.”
Talking to Sky Italia after the match, Conte insisted he had no regrets. “I have been a participant too and I understand how to behave,” he mentioned pointedly.
March 2017 — Mourinho highlights Chelsea’s “privilege”
Forward of one other United go to to Stamford Bridge to tackle Chelsea within the FA Cup quarterfinals, Mourinho had a easy rationalization for why his former membership have been 10 factors clear on the high of the Premier League.
“Essentially the most tough factor to have is time to work, and so they have time to work,” he mentioned, referring to Chelsea’s lack of Champions League commitments. “They’ve time so they’re ready of privilege, however I do not need to say that they do not deserve credit score for it.”
Mourinho additionally supplied Conte a back-handed praise for his group’s model of play. “They defend quite a bit and nicely, and so they counter-attack and kill opponents on the counter-attack, much like my Chelsea,” he added.
March 2017 — Conte riled by Hazard remedy
Chelsea beat United once more, this time 1-Zero, in a recreation marked by heated touchline exchanges between Conte and Mourinho.
The Italian was angered by the guests’ persistent fouling of Eden Hazard that led to the early dismissal of Ander Herrera, decoding it as a deliberate and cynical technique. “This tactic, to play by going to kick the opponent, doesn’t exist,” he insisted afterwards. “It is not soccer for me.”
April 2017 — Conte belittles United spending
Shortly after a 2-Zero defeat to United at Outdated Trafford lower Chelsea’s lead over Tottenham to 4 factors, Conte identified that the failure of each Manchester golf equipment to compete for the Premier League title proved that spending large within the switch market is not any assure of success.
“I believe this season it is essential to grasp that it is not all the time who spends more cash who wins,” he mentioned. “In any other case, on this league, this season the title [at the top] wouldn’t be Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool.”
July 2017 — Conte out to keep away from “the Mourinho season”
Flushed with Premier League title success, an emboldened Conte revealed he had warned his Chelsea gamers that he wouldn’t tolerate a repeat of the spectacular collapse Mourinho presided over within the 2015-16 season.
“Two years in the past, the group completed 10th place within the league and we need to keep away from this,” he mentioned through the membership’s preseason tour of the Far East. “I need to keep away from, and the gamers need to keep away from, the final season with Mourinho.”
July 2017 — Mourinho goals hair dig at Conte
Mourinho could not resist responding with athinly-veiled reference to the hair transplant that Conte reportedly underwent earlier than embarking on his teaching profession. “I might reply in many alternative methods however I am not going to lose my hair to talk about Antonio Conte,” he mentioned.
October 2017 – Conte warns Mourinho to cease speaking about Chelsea
Mourinho poked at Conte once more after United’s Champions League win over Benfica. “Different managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when a participant is injured,” he mentioned, referring to the Italian’s frequent mentions of the important thing absentees that have been undermining Chelsea’s season. “If I need to moan and cry just like the others, I can cry for the subsequent 5 minutes. However I do not.”
“I believe he has to consider his group and begin himself, not others,” Conte bristled in reply. “I believe that a number of instances Mourinho [likes] to see what occurs at Chelsea. A variety of instances, additionally final season.”
November 2017 — Mourinho and Conte clean one another
Chelsea beat United 1-Zero once more at Stamford Bridge, this time in a match that handed largely with out incident. The stress between Conte and Mourinho was palpable, nevertheless, and the Italian strode on to the pitch on the remaining whistle with out seeking to shake his rival’s hand.
“You need me to go and chase him into the center of the pitch?” Mourinho mentioned when requested about it. “I used to be there. I shook fingers with the individuals who have been there. I believe one in all them was his brother, the assistant, so I really feel that, by shaking the fingers of his brother and the opposite assistants, I did my responsibility.”
“It is not necessary,” Conte insisted to Sky Sports activities. “It is necessary to win the sport. It’s a must to have the respect on the pitch, not exterior the pitch.”
January 2018 — Mourinho makes “clown on the touchline” jibe
The newest escalation in hostilities was sparked by Mourinho, who insisted he retains his ardour for soccer regardless of not performing like “a clown on the touchline” — broadly interpreted to be a reference to Conte’s demonstrative model.
Conte definitely thought so, and when the remark was put to him he prompt Mourinho had a reminiscence downside that had made him overlook his personal previous actions. He used the Italian phrase “demenza senile“, which interprets as senile dementia, although Chelsea insisted he meant to say amnesia.
January 2018 — Mourinho brings up Conte’s match-fixing cost
“I do not want the Chelsea supervisor to say I made errors previously,” Mourinho responded when requested about Conte’s feedback, earlier than including: “What has by no means occurred to me and can by no means occur is to be suspended for match-fixing.”
Conte was accused of failing to report match-fixing throughout his time in command of Siena and banned for 4 months by the Italian soccer authorities whereas coach of Juventus in 2011, although he was cleared of wrongdoing 5 years later.
January 2018 — Conte calls Mourinho a “little man” and a “pretend”
Conte didn’t react kindly to Mourinho mentioning some of the traumatic experiences of his profession, and renewed his assault after Chelsea’s goalless draw with Norwich Metropolis within the FA Cup third spherical.
“Up to now he was somewhat man in lots of circumstances, he’s somewhat man within the current and for certain he might be somewhat man sooner or later,” Conte mentioned of Mourinho. “You already know him very nicely. The extent may be very low.”
He additionally accused the Portuguese of insincerity. “When he was in Italy he offended [Claudio] Ranieri for his English,” Conte added. “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 pretend.”
Conte concluded his extraordinary rant with a remark that may guarantee large anticipation forward of subsequent month’s assembly. “Will probably be the chance [to clarify things] within the recreation towards United after we go to Outdated Trafford,” he insisted. “Me and him, head to head. I am prepared. I do not know if he is prepared.”
Liam is ESPN FC’s Chelsea correspondent. Observe him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.