Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned Jose Mourinho he won’t be able to forget all that has been said between the two bosses throughout their war of words.
Reigning champions Chelsea currently sit third in the Premier League, one point behind second-place Manchester United, but both have more or less conceded the title to league-leaders Manchester City, who are clear by 15 points.
The two Premier League managers, Conte and Mourinho, have been exchanging insults throughout the 2017/18 season, with both until now showing no signs of slowing down.
However, the Blues man has now stated he has no interest in continuing the public spat that has seen both managers continuously question each other’s credibility.
Blaming the conflict on personal issues rather than professional, Conte said to BBC Sport: “This is not a problem from the club, it is a problem between me and him. I stop.
“He used serious words. I won’t forget this.”
Conte vs Mourinho: A war of words.
23 October 2016: Conte says he was “not mocking anyone” after appearing to antagonise Mourinho in Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge
12 February 2017: Conte says he does not like Mourinho’s “joking” after the Manchester United boss said Chelsea cannot be caught because they are a “defensive team”
14 March 2017: Mourinho tells Chelsea fans “I’m still number one” after being heckled during his side’s FA Cup loss at Stamford Bridge
29 July 2017: Conte says that he must avoid “a Mourinho season” as the champions attempt to defend their Premier League title.
19 October 2017: Conte says Mourinho needs to “look at himself” and stop talking about his former side
5th January 2018: Conte reacts to Mourinho assertion that he did not need to act like a “clown” in his technical area saying: “I think he has to see himself in the past – maybe he was speaking about himself in the past.” Later, Conte added: “I am starting to be a bit annoyed. If you want to go to fight with me I am ready. I am improving a bit my English – because this is the real problem for me – otherwise, we can go, we can go to fight.”
“What never happened to me – and will never happen – is to be suspended for match-fixing. That never happened to me and will never happen,” said Mourinho at a later press conference.
Mourinho was then told by a journalist that Conte had been charged by football authorities in the past with failing to report match-fixing – he was cleared of any wrongdoing in 2016 – to which the United boss replied “Did he? Not me.”
Conte responded: “Before you make these kinds of comments you must pay great attention because you show you are a little man. “In the past, he was a little man in many circumstances, he’s a little man in the present and for sure he will be a little man in the future. I consider him a little man and I consider him a man with a very low profile.”
Chelsea next face Manchester United in the English Premier League at Old Trafford on the 25 February.
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