Jose Mourinho accused Antonio Conte of trying to humiliate him following Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, according to reports.
The Manchester United manager was angered by Conte’s efforts to whip up the Chelsea fans after N’Golo Kante scored a fourth goal to ruin Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge.
After the game, Mourinho shook Conte’s hand and whispered in Italian: “It’s just my opinion, but don’t do that at 4-0. You can at 1-0, but at 4-0 it’s humiliation,” the Daily Mirror reports.
The spat is reported to have spilled over into the tunnel after a member of Mourinho’s United backroom staff snubbed Conte’s attempt to shake hands after the game which led to an angry row between both sets of coaching staff.
Speaking in the post-match press conference, Mourinho said: “You know me. I spoke to Conte, not to you. I’m not the kind of guy to come here and share with you things I don’t want to share. That is his problem. I have no comment.”
Conte hit replied: “I was a football player, so I know how to behave on the pitch. There were United fans who kept singing, while ours were in silence after a great performance from my team. I wanted to call the crowd to applaud the players, which seems normal enough to me.
“I have great respect for everyone. Nothing happened with Jose, especially as my behaviour seemed normal. I didn’t make fun of anyone, as I always demand respect.
“If you want to cut the emotions, we can stay at home and I will change jobs. I did something absolutely normal. I didn’t do anything to humiliate Mourinho.”