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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was victim of a prank during today’s press conference when Stefano Corti and Alessandro Onnis, from the Italian satirical television show Le Iene, sitted among the journalists in Cobham’s press room, showed him a video they filmed in Manchester with José Mourinho at the time of their famous “verbal war” about one month ago.

The Red Devils boss was a victim of a prank as well, when he was given a Man United shirt to be signed, to discover only later that had printed “Antonio Conte” on his back.

The video was not visible to the assembled media, only to Conte and the Chelsea press officer. The message, spoken mostly in Italian, said: “Antonio, we sent you a messenger. A present for you from your brand new friend, Jose Mourinho! He told us he loves you. Look at what he has written on the present he sent out for you: ‘Your friend, Jose.’

“Can you promise us that next time you play against him you will share a sign of peace? Come on, Antonio…you will be friends forever!”

Conte had a little laugh at the message, but said he had “nothing” to say. Corti then presented the Blues boss with shirt, telling him: “This is a present for you. It is signed by Jose Mourinho – ‘To my friend Antonio’. Long live friendship… shall I leave it to you?”

Conte didn’t seem to amused by the whole scene. He could hardly be described as bemused either, and his responded to Corti: “No, you can take it with you. Keep it, you will give it to me later.”

The Chelsea rep thanked him for his effort, but reminded him that time is limited in this press conference, and that he really should have done the video and shirt presentation afterward; as Corti was taking time away from journalists with actual questions.

This is the video of what happened:

 

Chelsea are ready to make a late bid on current Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, who is understood to have agreed personal terms with Manchester United for a move to Old Trafford yesterday.

Blues manager Antonio Conte has been critical of Chelsea’s lack of signings and is desperate to add more firepower to his squad, but fans are not convinced about the latest transfer talk.

Manchester United are believed to pay £20million to Arsenal plus a further £15million to Sanchez’s agent to get the deal across the line, with the Chile international enthusiastic to join Jose Mourinho’s side.

Chelsea have also asked about his terms and cannot be ruled out, although they are behind United currently.

The Blues are desperate to sign a striker and can’t agree a fee for Andy Carroll with West Ham.

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The Conte v Mourinho feud has probably come to an end: the Manchester United boss claimed today he now regards his bitter feud with the Chelsea manager with “contempt”:

“I think when a person insults another, you can expect a response or you can expect contempt, silence,” Mourinho told the press today.

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

“Then he insulted me for a second time, but now I change, and now there is contempt and for me, contempt means end of the story.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (centre) after the final whistle as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (centre - left) loos to head down the tunnelduring the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 5, 2017.

In the last few days Chelsea and Manchester United managers Antonio Conte and José Mourinho have been involved in a furious exchange of words between each other.

The Italian said Mourinho has dementia, while, on the other hand, the former Blues manager replied he will never be suspended for match fixing. Now a Football Association source claims the Fa will not intervene in this fight: “We won’t be getting involved in this at all. We think it’s the responsibility of the LMA to sort out.”, the Fa source said.

It is actually understood that the Fa has contacted the League Managers’ Association and want them to intervene in some way.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hit back at Manchester United’s boss Josè Mourinho, who said yesterday: “What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match fixing. That never happened to me, and it will never happen.”

When asked to provide a comment, Conte claimed: “It’s very difficult to comment. When the target is to offend, to insult another person, I think that you are a little man, and I think he’s a little man.“

“We all know him very well, also in the past: this is not a surprise for me, this is his way. The life goes on, there’s a good opportunity when we’ll face Manchester United to clarify. I don’t like to speak about other managers, but when you say something you have to take the responsibility”.

Conte added: “When there are these types of comment you have to know the truth. I was banned for four months for a failure to report. I asked for a retrial and then they cleared my innocence. If you don’t pay this attention, you are a little man. I know him in the past and he is a little man in many circumstances…Mourinho is this. You know him very well”.

“This is not my problem. I consider Mourinho a little man. He’s a man with a very low profile. When you get older, there’s a risk of amnesia. For me, for you. You must pay attention to this risk”.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte‘s words:

Mourinho has to see himself in the past, maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, maybe sometimes people forget what they did, maybe he’s got something like senile dementia,” said the Italian manager earlier today.

And José Mourinho, after his side’s 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, responded:

“Look, I don’t blame him for the reaction, honestly I don’t blame him. 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”.

“What never happened to me, and what will never happen to me, is to be suspended for match-fixing, that never happened to me and will never happen”.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was implicated in a match-fixing scandal, while he was in charge as Siena boss, in the 2010/11 campaign in Italy.

Conte was then banned from touchline for four months while in charge at Juventus in season 2012/2013.

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The war between two coaches that made history at Chelsea, Antonio Conte and José Mourinho, is still on.

After the Manchester United manager claimed he doesn’t have to act as a clown on the touchline to show his passion and commitment to his team:

Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline it means I lost my passion? I prefer to do the way I do it. Much more mature, better for my team and myself.

“You don’t have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline. The way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.”

Many thoughts the Portuguese coach took a dig at the Italian one with his “clown” comments and Conte’s reply was ready today:

“Mourinho has to see himself in the past,” the Blues manager started.

“Maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, maybe sometimes people forget what they did, maybe he’s got something like dementia,” he concluded.

A very strong statement that will probably have further effects.

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Manchester United manager José Mourinho is willing to reunite with Chelsea star Willian at Old Trafford.

The former Blues boss and the Brazilian winger have always got a huge mutual respect for each other and a move to the Red Devils could be possible since he is starting to grow frustrated as he is lacking with opportunities under Antonio Conte this year.

Man United have already shown interest for Willian but Chelsea do not wish to sell during next January transfer window unless they receive an extraordinary offer.

The Brazilian, anyway, spoke about his future following Chelsea’s midweek win over Huddersfield Town and said the club’s fans can be calm as he is happy at the West London side.

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On Sunday, Manchester United will face Manchester City at Old Trafford and Chelsea and the Blues manager Antonio Conte hope to narrow the gap with Pep Guardiola‘s side.

During his press conference ahead of Chelsea game vs West Ham, Conte tried to predict the result of the Manchester derby.

It’s very difficult to see two defeats in a row for a great team, it’s very difficult,” – Conte said about Manchester City – “Usually, it’s very difficult to see two defeats in a great team from my experience, but at the same time, Manchester United can beat Manchester City. ‘It was better if Manchester City didn’t lose the game against Shakhtar for these stats. For sure I’ll watch the game, I love football, I love to watch this type of game,’ said Conte. ‘For sure it will be a big game, both teams are very strong, very good, maybe the best in this league, for this reason I think it’ll be right to watch this game.”

 

 

 

 

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Former Manchester United‘s defender Rio Ferdinand admits he hated to play vs Eden Hazard and that the memories of his “meetings” with the Belgian star are all but pleasant.

I still remember and I still get nightmares,” – said Ferdinand on BT Sport. – “I used to just be happy he was staying wide at that point… under Mourinho he stayed very much on the left-hand side so didn’t really come into my area which was a blessing. But now we’re seeing him all over the frontline – he’s fantastic to watch and he’s the man that really makes this Chelsea team tick.”

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