Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s feud with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho seems to have reached fever pitch level after Mourinho questioned his integrity for a match fixing allegation Conte faced during his time in Italy.
Conte speaking about this in his press conference on Saturday said: “When there are these types of comments, you have to know very well the truth. Because, the truth is that I was banned for four months for a failure to report. You understand? Then I asked for a retrial by court and then they cleared my innocence. I think that before you make this type of comment, you must pay great attention. And if you don’t, you show that you are a little man. You don’t know very well what is the situation.
“I know [Jose] very well in the past. In the past he was a little man in many circumstances. He’s a little man in the present and for sure he’ll be a little man in the future. For sure, if he wants to try to change his behavior, but right now Mourinho is this. You know him very well. The label is very low.”
Conte accused Mourinho of hypocrisy following his support for Claudio Ranieri when he was sacked by Leicester City, although he had ridiculed the Italian many times in the past.
He said: “I remember with [Claudio] Ranieri when he offended him for his English. And then, when Ranieri was sacked, he put a shirt for Ranieri. You understand? You have a fake. You have a good consideration for a person or not. It doesn’t change your opinion to be more sympathetic. If you want to fight a person, you kill this person and you act. And then, after two years, you try to help this person because maybe it’s good for you, for your profile.”