Conte and Mourinho Escalate War of Words
The feud between Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, and Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has become increasingly hostile in recent weeks.
Mourinho is notorious for picking fights with other managers, and has, in the past, had harsh words for Arsene Wenger, Rafael Benitez, Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola.
The feud began in October 2016 when the 54-year-old Portuguese accused Conte of “humiliating” his team with “hysterical celebrations” after Chelsea beat Manchester United 4-0.
Conte responded by criticising Mourinho for “overlooking” the potential of Victor Moses, by repeatedly sending him out on loan.
The two have continued to criticise each other, and the insults have become increasingly personal.
Only days into the new year, Mourinho implied that Conte behaves like a “clown” on the touchline. Conte fired back by accusing Mourinho of having “senile dementia”.
Mourinho then escalated the argument by accusing Conte of match-fixing, referencing an investigation into Conte which occurred while he was manager of Siena.
The 48-year-old Italian was later cleared of all charges, and responded to Mourinho’s jibe by calling him a “little man”.
Ex-Arsenal legend, Martin Keown, has slammed the pair for their behaviour, and believes that it’s time the Premier League steps in.
He said: “Neither Mourinho nor Conte need to be getting into this sideshow. They should get on with their jobs and focus on trying to become Premier League champions once more.”
Image: Conte and Mourinho argue on the touchline [online image] (2017) sourced on 8 January 2018 from https://www.primenewsghana.com/images/2018/jan/6/nintchdbpict000308672982.jpg