Conte: Mourinho 'is a little man' who insults and offends


Antonio Conte extended his extraordinary war of words with Jose Mourinho on Saturday night by dismissing the Manchester United manager as a "little man in the past, a little man in the present and a little man in the future".

Escalating the heated rivalry between the two, Mourinho, at a press conference on Friday, said that he may have made some mistakes in the past, but he would never be suspended for "match-fixing".

The Italian received a four-month suspension while at Juventus in 2012-13 for failing to report match-fixing at his previous club Siena.

"I think it's hard to answer this type of comment because when a person, their target is to offend and insult another person, [it means] you're a little man", Conte told reporters.

'I think when a person the target is to offend, to insult another person, I think you're a little man, but we all know him very well what's in the past but he's always the same'.

It's prompted Conte to call on Mourinho to remember his own history: "I think that he has to see himself in the past, maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, yeah?"

The Blues are in third place in the Premier League table and a point behind Manchester United in second spot. "When there are these types of comments, before (making them) you have to know very well the truth". Honestly. I don't blame him. I think he's a little man.

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"Before you make this type of comment, before to hurt another person, you must pay great attention".

"If I saw a well-organised team normally when I spoke about another coach it is only to make compliments, otherwise I stay silent, but in this situation you must have respect and I think I do this".

Conte was more scathing about Mourinho's behavior, providing the example of Mourinho attending a news conference wearing a training top with the initials "CR" following Claudio Ranieri's firing by Leicester in February past year.

The 48-year-old Italian went further, questioning Mourinho's show of solidarity to Claudio Ranieri following the Italian's sacking by Leicester City in 2017, when he wore the initials "CR" on his shirt.

It was an achievement made into an iconic image of Mourinho sprinting down the touchline at Old Trafford to celebrate with his players.

"You are a fake".

'If you want to fight a person, you try to kill this person.