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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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After the 2-2 in Premier League ten days ago, Arsenal and Chelsea got another draw tonight, but this time without goals.

After the game Antonio Conte was asked if the teams, who will meet again in two weeks, are too familiar:

“To play three times in three weeks is very strange,” the Italian manager claimed.

“It is more simple to prepare the game because you know the team and the way they are playing. When you reach the QF or SF of this trophy in England you must be prepared to face big teams.”

Asked if Arsenal, who will play the second leg at home, are favourites, the Blues boss replied:

“I don’t think so. We have the same possibilities to go through to the final. Not to concede could be very important for the second leg. To play at the Emirates is not easy or simple. We deserved to be in the semi-final and be very happy to do this.”

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Speaking about Ross Barkley‘s signing again Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claimed the former Everton midfielder will have to do everything to show he deserve being in the England squad for Russia 2018 World Cup:

“We have five months to show he deserves a call with the national team for the World Cup,” Conte told Sky Sports News.

I hope [he gets one], because it means he will do very well with us.

“It’s important for me to see him, to understand his physical condition,” the Italian added when asked about a timescale for the midfielder’s return to full fitness.

“My hope is to have this player [available] very quickly.

 “He can play in midfield, if we play with three midfielders, or number 10 if we play 3-4-3. Before playing we must be sure that he is into our idea of football. Otherwise, it’s a problem for him and it’s a problem for the rest of the team.”

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 31: Munich player Arturo Vidal reacts during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes dismisses Arturo Vidal’s links with Chelsea.

The Chile international was said to be in the Blues’ radar for this transfer window, due also to his lack of playing time in the Bundesliga side.

But Heynckes claimed the former Juventus player is not for sale:

“There’s been no contact between Chelsea and Bayern,” the German coach said in a news conference on Saturday.

“We won’t sell Arturo Vidal or any other player during the winter market.

“Arturo is a fantastic player, I have a great respect for Arturo, and we spent many years in Juventus together.

“If we go to war, I’d always want him with me.”

 

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Chelsea today have signed Ross Barkley from Everton: this can change the future of a Blues youngster, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is now playing on loan at Crystal Palace, or, at least this is what Palace’s manager Roy Hodgson is hoping for.

The way Ruben’s been playing for us, he’s a player we’d like to have at our club, there’s no doubt about that,” Hodgson said. “It’s far too early to ask me that question – I didn’t know until this morning that Ross Barkley is possibly signing for Chelsea.  But Ruben’s a player we like very much, we’re very impressed with him, delighted with the way he’s developed as a player during the time he’s been here.‘I’m pretty sure that if he’s ever available for sale, we would certainly be in there with our hand up as one of the potential buyers. But it could well be that Chelsea would like to have both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in their team. I wouldn’t mind both in my team, anyway.”

 

 

 

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger complained about the referee’s decision on the 1-2 penalty for Chelsea the other night but Blues manager Antonio Conte reckons the Frenchman’s comments are not right.

“We got a farcical decision on the penalty,” Wenger said.

“We looked like we were mentally shot and could have lost the game – we had the resources to come back to 2-2. Maybe it was a fair result”.

This is what Conte about these Wenger’s comments in today’s press conference ahead of FA Cup game against Norwich:

“I don’t like to speak about other coaches, I think you have to have to respect them,” the Italian started.

“Maybe Wenger forgot we finished with 10 men in the FA Cup and Community Shield, maybe the referee decision was a little strange. We must accept the referee decisions. Wenger is an old coach, he’s got a lot of experience and he won a lot.

“If I want I can talk about referee decisions for one month. But I don’t want to do this because we should have respect for the referee’s decisions.”

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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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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte complaints about his club’s activity on transfer market, claiming he rarely get the players he wishes for:

“I always ended up at clubs who were running an austerity programme,” he said speaking also the past experiences of his coach career.

“I just try to do my work. If someone arrives, good; if they don’t, then that’s fine too. I have to continue my work, either way.”

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Antonio Conte confirmed Chelsea, if needed, will be active in this January transfer window, but everything will have to start with some signings in order to loan or sell some players

“Our squad is not big,” the Italian stated.

“For this reason I think it’s impossible to send on loan one player or to sell one player if we don’t take another player”.

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Despite falling out with him last summer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte claims he maintains good memories about Diego Costa, who was unveiled as a new Atletico Madrid striker today, a return for the Brazilian born forward, who already played for five years in the Spanish side until 2014, when he signed for the Blues:

“It’s not right to talk about players who are not in my team and squad,” Conte told Sky Sports.

“But I thank him for his commitment and behaviour during the season.

“We won together, so I will always remember him in a positive way. We fought together and won together.”

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