Conte v Mourinho

Antonio Conte has insisted that he will continue to be a ‘clown’ on the touchline, despite criticism from former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Even during the very first Premier League game Conte was in charge of the Blues, we knew that he was absolutely bonkers. When Diego Costa bagged a late winner against West Ham, the Italian charged down the touchline and dived into the crowd in celebration.

His technical area antics have drawn criticism from the manager of today’s opponents Manchester United, Jose Mourinho. When we defeated United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge last season, Mourinho had a word in Conte’s ear about the manner in which he celebrated the fourth goal.

Mourinho also fired a sly dig at Conte during one of his press conferences, branding the Chelsea manager a ‘clown’. Conte does not appear to care – not even remotely.

Conte kicks every ball with his players, he crunches into every challenge, and that’s not going to change. He is quoted by the Guardian saying:

“In that moment [in the technical area], I’m alone. I don’t see what happens on the other bench or what the other manager does. I’m alone and watching my players, the game… my focus is only on the pitch.”

“I live the game with my players. I want my players to feel this, that I stay with them and am ready to suffer and enjoy with them. My passion must always be the same, if we play against an important team or against another team who are less important.”

Never change, Antonio!

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