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Watch: Antonio Conte Responds To Jose Mourinho’s “Match Fixing” Jibe

This war of words between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte has really turned personal. 

It appears as though on the pitch the two clubs are fighting to see who can be second best this year with Manchester City having set an unmatchable pace at the top of the Premier League.

However, off the pitch, the rivalry between Mourinho and Conte is now legitimately bitter.

FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: GRADIENT ADDED - COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image numbers (L) 615867896 and 648790080) In this composite image a comparision has been made between Jose Mourinho,Manager of Manchester United (L) and Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea. Chelsea and Manchester United meet a Premier Laegue match at Old Trafford on April 16, 2017 in Manchester,England. ***LEFT IMAGE*** MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Jose Mourinho the manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Manchester United FC and Fenerbahce SK at Old Trafford on October 20, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** STRATFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at London Stadium on March 6, 2017 in Stratford, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

When Mourinho commented recently that he does not need to show his passion for his team by celebrating wildly on the sideline, journalists put the question to Conte as though the Portuguese was referring to him with his remarks. Conte responded by claiming his rival was suffering from dimentia, in reference to the history Mourinho has of running around and sliding on his knees and so on when celebrating goals scored by his teams in the past.

Then came the remarks which many felt was a comment too close to the bone. Mourinho said:

Conte was caught up in a match fixing scandal in Italy during his time in charge of Siena, for which he was given a ten-month ban, later reduced to four, before being acquitted of the charges.

Well, after his side’s scoreless draw away at Norwich in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, the Italian was asked for his thoughts on Jose’s match-fixing jibe.

Here’s how he responded, labelling the ex-Chelsea boss a “little man”.

“It’s really difficult to answer these comments, when a person has the target to offend, you are a little man.

“You all know him very well in the past, he’s always the same,” Conte said.

The Blues’ manager is also looking forward to meeting with his Manchester United counterpart in person to discuss their issues face to face, rather than continuing the ongoing back and forth popping in the media.

“The life will go on. For sure there is a good opportunity when we play Manchester United.”

 

 

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