Conte: Mourinho is a little man


Antonio Conte has continued his war of words with Jose Mourinho, brandishing the Manchester United manager a "little man" and a "fake". I was speaking about myself, saying I don't need to behave as a clown to show passion, that I control my emotions in a better way, everybody knows I don't need the Chelsea manager to say that I made mistakes in the past, and I will make in the future.

Conte was accused of failing to report an incident of attempted match-fixing while in charge of Siena in 2011, serving a four-month ban and enduring a nightmare during an exhaustive investigation.

" I am a clown?" I consider him a little man, I consider him a man with a very low profile'.

"I don't know because in my one year and a half I never talk about other coaches or if I did, only to make compliments", he said.

"I prefer to behave the way I am doing it, much more mature, better for my team and myself, I don't think you have to behave like a insane guy on the touchline to have that passion". I think he's a little man.

"Because the question that comes to him is completely wrong, and because of that, he had that out of control reaction". Yes, I make less but I will (still) make a few. What never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match-fixing.

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Mourinho was asked by reporters earlier this week if he has lost his enthusiasm for management to which he replied: "Because I don't behave as a clown on the touchline, it means that I've lost my passion?"

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Conte responded to Mourinho by claiming that the Portuguese was "senile" and pointed out that the United manager also has a history of being animated whilst watching matches.

"Look I don't blame him", Mourinho said after Conte's comments were mentioned. "Maybe, sometimes, I think that someone forgets what's said in the past, which is his behaviour".

The Premier League rivals have been involved in back-and-forth verbal sparring in recent days after it was suggested Mourinho had aimed a dig at Conte when he said he prefers to act in a "mature" manner on the touchline, rather than "crazy" or like a "clown". "Sometimes I think there is, I don't know the name, but "demenza senile" (the Italian for "senile dementia") ... when you forget what you do in the past", the Italian said.