Jose Mourinho knew he had ‘really hurt’ Antonio Conte with match-fixing insult

Jose Mourinho knew he 'really hurt' Antonio Conte with match-fixing insult
Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte have been at each other’s throats (Picture: Getty)

Jose Mourinho has ended his bitter feud with Antonio Conte but admits he feels ‘contempt’ following an explosive back-and-forth between the two managers.

Chelsea boss Conte reacted angrily to Mourinho’s claim that he does not need to act like a ‘clown’ on the touchline to prove he still has passion for the job.

Jose Mourinho confirms Man Utd are in the running to sign 'phenomenal' Alexis Sanchez

Conte accused Mourinho being a ‘little man’ and going ‘senile’ and Manchester United‘s manager responded by bringing up the Italian’s previous match-fixing charge.

During his time at Siena, Conte was suspended for four months after failing to report match-fixing, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing in 2016.

Asked about his feelings for Conte ahead of United’s clash with Stoke, Mourinho said: ‘I think when a person insults another you can expect a response.

‘Or you can expect contempt, silence.’

Jose Mourinho knew he 'really hurt' Antonio Conte with match-fixing insult
Jose Mourinho brought up Antonio Conte’s previous match-fixing charge (Picture: Getty)

Mourinho knows Conte was ‘hurt’ as a result of his comments but insists he also feels ‘contempt’ for the Italian as a result of the fallout.

He said: ‘The first time he insulted me I had a response, a response that I know that touched the point where he really feels hurt.

More: Football

‘Then he insulted me for a second time.

‘But now I change and now contempt and for me contempt means end of the story.’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video

MORE: Jose Mourinho hails 'phenomenal' Alexis Sanchez and admits Manchester United are ready to pounce

Original Article

Leave a Reply