Prior to the buildup of the game between Chelsea and Manchester United, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho attacked the style of play of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Chelsea fans showed Jose Mourinho they will not accept any negative attack on Conte by turning their back against Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea hero Pat Nevin insists Chelsea fans loved Jose for what he did at the club but also insisted when Jose says anything negative, even if it is coded, about Antonio Conte then Chelsea fans are simply not going to accept it.
“There were always going to be comments about the relationship between Jose and Antonio and Jose with the Chelsea fans,” Nevin wrote in Chelsea’s official website.
“We will all have nuanced feelings about last night but it probably all comes down to the extreme passions of the former relationship now divorced. Chelsea fans loved Jose for what he did at the club, but like any intense relationship after a break up it can get rather fractious. All the classic signs were there; blame, anger, bringing up things from the past that really don’t need saying. There is also the fact that there are new relationships involved. We have Antonio and he has Manchester United and maybe that is the crux of it for many.
“When Jose says anything negative, even if it is coded, about Antonio Conte then Chelsea fans are simply not going to accept it. Mutual if distant respect would be fine but anything else is going to grate. Jose summed it up in an off-the-cuff remark in the press conference. He said, ‘I am a professional and Manchester United is now my team.’ In reality everything else is bluster, right now he has to do what he feels is best for his club and his relationship with them.
“So as with all break ups that turn a little sour the only thing that will heal is the passing of time. Meanwhile there will be lots of sport to be had in the media and the press conferences over the next few years.”