Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

EPL: Chelsea reportedly line up managers for Antonio Conte replacement

EPL: Chelsea reportedly line up managers for Antonio Conte replacement

This week, Manchester United boss Mourinho was perceived to have taken a dig at Conte and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp when he stated he prefers to act in a "mature" manner on the touchline, as opposed to "crazy" or like "a clown".

"I don't need Chelsea manager to say I made mistakes in past and will in future", Mourinho said. "Sometimes people can forget what they did in the past". I was speaking about myself, and then the question to the Chelsea manager was like I said that he behaves like a clown.

After weeks of docile, drowsy press conferences in which he has largely borne the insults of other managers and the pressures of a faltering title defence with good grace, Antonio Conte finally snapped yesterday. The French manager criticized referee Anthony Taylor who awarded the Blues a penalty at the Emirates recently.

"I don't blame the Chelsea manager at all and I understand his reaction. Maybe, sometimes, I think that someone forgets what's said in the past, which is his behaviour", Conte said. What never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match-fixing.

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When asked about those comments on Friday, Conte said some of Mourinho's past behaviour must have slipped his mind, and used the Italian phrase "demenza senile" to suggest that maybe the Portuguese boss was losing his memory in his old age.

Conte is in his second season as Chelsea head coach, like Mourinho is at United.

With Chelsea in FA Cup action against Norwich tomorrow evening, one gets the feeling that he might be asked if he has anything to say about Mourinho's latest barb.

Conte added: "There is a person that continues to look here".

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The literal translation is "senile dementia", but Chelsea moved to clarify that Conte had been searching for the Italian word for amnesia.

He was referring to the 10 month ban, reduced to four, Conte served, before being eventually acquitted in 2016, for not reporting a fixing during a Serie B clash between Siena and Albinoleffe in 2010-11.

When it was put to him that Mourinho's penchant for outspoken quotes might be a form of deflection, Conte replied: "I don't know". If you want to go to fight with me I am ready. I'm ready to fight for me, my players, the club, with everyone. "So wrong question and obviously a strong answer and I don't blame".

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