Conte Sounded Furious About Mourinho’s Comment After The Roma Match
Antonio Conte risked reigniting his long-running feud with Jose Mourinho by warning him to “think about his own team”, in light of comments made by the Manchester United manager after his side’s 1-0 away win against Benfica.
Mourinho was seemingly in a bullish mood after United’s win in Portugal, commenting: “I never speak about injuries. Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when a player is injured.”
His remark could be interpreted as a subtle dig at Conte, who spent a large part of his post-match press conference following Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Roma bemoaning the many injuries that have hit his side in recent weeks.
And, when informed of Mourinho’s comments, Conte was less than impressed, warning his counterpart to concentrate on his own affairs before lashing out at others.
“If he is speaking about me, I think he has to think about his own team and start looking at himself, not others,” a stern-faced Conte said.
“I think that a lot of the time Mourinho spends seeing what has happened at Chelsea. A lot of the time and a lot of last season, also. He should think about his team.”
The swipe at Mourinho came at the end of a disappointing day for Conte, who was understandably frustrated with his side for throwing away a two goal lead over Roma at Stamford Bridge.
A second goal for the excellent Eden Hazard did rescue a late point for the Premier League champions, but injuries to David Luiz and Tiémoué Bakayoko did little to improve Conte’s mood.
The injury concerns leave Chelsea’s squad looking notably thin for the coming weeks, particularly in midfield. N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater are also missing, along with first choice wing-back Victor Moses. Conte described the numerous absentees as an “emergency situation” for his side.
“After the first half the doctor told me that David Luiz had a pain in his calf and the same for Bakayoko in his groin,” Conte said.