Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted that his feud with Jose Mourinho has become personal, and explained why.
The Italian and the Portuguese tactician have been at the centre of a public spat over the past two weeks, which seems to have escalated since that Red Devils manager claimed that he would never be “suspended for match-fixing” unlike his opponent, although he was later cleared of the charges.
Speaking ahead of the Blues’ League Cup match against Arsenal on Wednesday, Conte, who had called his counterpart a “little man” in response to the match-fixing jibe, told members of the media that he “won’t forget” what Mourinho had said, and has no regrets over hitting back at him in the media.
“Do I have the look of a person with regret? I don’t think so,” the former Italy manager said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“He said serious words, and he has used serious words. And I won’t forget this.
“This is not a problem for the club, and it’s a problem between him and me. Now I stop.
“I think we both said things, and we’ll see what happens in the future.”
All eyes will be on Mourinho’s pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of United’s game against Stoke City as many believe he will respond to Conte’s latest words.