Antonio Conte Snaps At Arsene Wenger And Jose Mourinho

Conte snaps at Mourinho 'clowns' jibe and takes aim at Wenger

Conte snaps at Mourinho 'clowns' jibe and takes aim at Wenger

Antonio Conte suggests Jose Mourinho has senile dementia.

Mourinho did not reference any managers with his "clown on the touchline" jibe but plenty thought it was a dig at the Chelsea boss and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp.

In an astonishing scattergun attack, Conte implied that José Mourinho was going senile; called Arsène Wenger an "old coach" who needs to accept refereeing decisions with more grace; distanced himself emphatically from the signing of Ross Barkley and the pursuit of Andy Carroll; and declared himself "ready to fight" anyone who criticises him or his squad. "Maybe, sometimes, I think that someone forgets what's said in the past, which is his behaviour".

"I know that I celebrated goals running 50 metres, that I celebrated goals sliding on my knees, I got celebrations jumping to the crowd, I'm not free of that especially if we score a winning goal in a specific moment, I'm not free to have an out of control reaction but what I was trying to say was I behaved bad a few times and in this moment I control myself much better, doesn't mean that my passion is not the same".

The Manchester United manager was responding to comments made by Conte earlier in the day in which he appeared to make disparaging statements about Mourinho.

Chelsea reportedly have no ambitions to sack Conte regardless of where they finish this season, but a number of issues have arisen in recent months that could see the club and Conte mutually agree to end their relationship.

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 unusual because I don't like to speak about other coaches or players. If you want to go to fight with me I am ready.

"I'm ready to fight for me, for my players, for the club, with everyone".

It was a measure of the extraordinary volatility of Conte's broadside that, in a conference ostensibly to preview Chelsea's FA Cup tie away to Norwich City today, the word "Norwich" was not mentioned once.

But Mourinho denied that he had aimed the comments at Conte.

"I'm not this type of person".

Asked if Mourinho was resorting to "cinema" to distract from performances and results, Conte added: "I don't know. Now you have to show football knowledge and the cinema is not enough for the coach".

Conte described "very strange" the verbal fight between Premier League bosses: "I don't like to speak about the other coach, about the other players".

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.

Conte also hit back at Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman doubled down on his claim that Eden Hazard dived to win a penalty in the 2-2 draw at the Emirates. I think Mourinho might be suffering from dementia.

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