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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had hit out at Jose Mourinho after the Champions League game against Roma, where Jose Mourinho indirectly criticised him for being a cry baby over Chelsea’s injuries.

Conte said: “A lot of time Mourinho has to see what happens at Chelsea. A lot of time, also last season. I think he has to think about his team and stop… to look at himself, not the others.”

The matter was again brought up on Friday’s press conference as the Chelsea boss spoke ahead of the game against Watford on Saturday.

Conte was asked again about Mourinho, but Conte downplayed their rivalry – describing it as a ‘stupid issue’. However, he urged other managers to talk about their own football clubs, not his.

Questioned on whether he regretted hitting back at Mourinho at his pre-match press conference, Conte says he has no regrets about defending his team.

He said: “Regret? Why? I think every coach, every manager, has to talk about his job, about himself, about his team, about his players, and not the other.

“My answer is always the same. Every coach must be focused on his own work, on his own complaints, and I think that’s the best way.”

Conte was pressed again if Mourinho got under his skin, to which he said: “No. I think this is stupid things. For me it’s a stupid subject, a stupid issue.

“It’s fun to see your interest in this, and I am surprised about this honestly.”

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