In the end, it was more joy for Antonio Conte, seeing his team win against a big side in the league after a terrible showing in Rome a few days prior, the Italian may be forgiven for overlooking a handshake.
But when it’s the norm, and it involves the manager, with whom another has had a public feud with, much will be made of it, as it was in the post-match briefing after Chelsea’s vital win over Manchester United on Sunday.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Conte preferred to talk about the importance of the game instead of the second handshake with Mourinho. He had earlier shaken the hands of the Portuguese manager, at the start of the game.
Conte is quoted by Sky Sports saying:
“It’s not important. It’s important to win the game. You have to have respect on the pitch. At the end of the match, I went to shake the hands of the officials and then my players. If I shake someone’s hand twice, I think it’s enough.”
Chelsea’s win over Man United was in essence a very important win for the Premier League who put a further dent on Mourinho’s title hopes as they now sit eight points behind leaders Manchester City, who also secured a win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Conte’s champions are still nine points behind City and will next face West Bromwich Albion after the interntional break.