Mourinho is renowned for picking fights with those in the opposing dugout, with Conte joining Arsene Wenger, Rafael Benitez, Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola in being on the receiving end of his prickly barbs.
It has become the biggest managerial rivalry in the Premier League in recent months, but it actually started back in 2016. Here’s a timeline of their quotes.
October 2016 – Mourinho slams ‘humiliating’ Conte celebrations
Mourinho’s frustrations were evident at the final whistle as he remonstrated with Conte about his behaviour on the touchline, feeling the Italian had “humiliated” him and his team with his hysterical celebrations.
Italian TV reported that he angrily said to his rival at the final whistle: “You don’t celebrate like that at 4-0, you can do it at 1-0, otherwise it’s humiliating for us.” It was certainly a prolonged handshake in which pleasantries were in short supply.
November 2016 – Conte questions why Victor Moses was overlooked
Chelsea signed Victor Moses from Wigan in 2012 but Mourinho overlooked him, regularly sending him out on loan.
The Nigeria international starred in the title triumph last season, however, and Conte was only too happy to highlight his own good work while claiming his predecessor had missed a trick.
“I noticed his potential from the first days of the summer retreat,” Conte told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Moses has important qualities: technique, physical strength, the ability to cover 70 metres of the pitch. I find it incredible that someone like him has been overlooked.”
February 2017 – Mourinho calls Chelsea defensive
Mourinho backed Chelsea to win the title back in February, but aimed a sly dig at Conte in doing so. The United boss labelled the Blues’ style of play as ‘defensive’, despite sitting top of the league.
“Chelsea are a very good defensive team,” he said.
“They defend very well and with lots of players and I think in this situation a very defensive team wins the title with counter-attack goals and set-pieces goals, so I don’t think they will let it slip but football is football.”
March 2017 – Conte responds to Mourinho’s red card complaints
The clubs were drawn to face each other in the FA Cup quarter-finals last term in a game that hinged on a controversial decision by Michael Oliver to send off Ander Herrera. After N’Golo Kante’s strike had settled the contest, Mourinho said: “I don’t speak [about the red card].
“Everybody can analyse from different perspectives but we all watch the match until the red card and after the red card. So we can compare the decisions of the two yellow cards, in this case with others which were not given.”
When Conte was asked about Mourinho’s comments, he preferred to focus on Eden Hazard being persistently fouled, saying: “He started the game, but he couldn’t play football. Everyone could see this so can judge the situation.”
April 2017 – United’s spending criticised by Conte
Conte aimed a sly dig at both Manchester clubs after his reminder that money does not guarantee success.
Mourinho spent over £150m on transfers but Conte said: “I think this season it’s very important to understand that it’s not always who spends more money who wins.
“Otherwise, in this league this season, the name of the team (who would win the title) wasn’t Chelsea or Tottenham or Arsenal or Liverpool. You understand?
“This season isn’t the only season the Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money. Look at the past. It’s normal.”
July 2017 – Mourinho makes dig at Conte’s hair transplant
Conte took a veiled shot at Mourinho in the summer after guiding his side to the Premier League title.
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