The recent war of words between Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho turned nasty when the popping between the two became personal.
The pair traded insults through the media as a strong tension grew increasingly with each back and forth exchange.
The unsavoury remarks were kicked off when Mourinho implied he did not need to celebrate in the fashion that Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp or Conte do when their team scores a goal or wins a game in order to illustrate his passion.
The Italian responded by announcing that Jose must be suffering from senile dementia, referencing the wild celebrations of the Portuguese in the past.
Mourinho then stepped it up a gear in the ongoing verbal sparring with the manager of his former club when he stated he would never be suspended for match-fixing, in reference to Conte’s involvement in a match-fixing scandal from his time in charge of Siena in Serie A for which he was given a ten-month ban, later reduced to four, before being acquitted of the charges in 2016.
Conte duly felt those comments were a step too far from the United boss and responded by labelling him a “little man” amd a “fake” before expressing his excitement to meet his rival face to face to discuss the feud when Chelsea meet Manchester United next, suggesting that the end of this back and forth between the pair is still a long way from finished.
In a press conference on Tuesday morning, Conte revealed that he is not willing to simply put the bitter feud behind him and move on.
When asked whether he regretted any of what has transpired, the ex-Italy and Juventus manager said with an ice cold stare:
“I have this look, of a person that regrets? I don’t think so.
“I think we both said things and we’ll see what happens in future.”
“He said serious words, using serious words. And I won’t forget this.”
(Quotes via The Guardian.)