Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has cautioned the press against unfairly criticising under-fire Chelsea chief Antonio Conte.
During the press conference following their comeback 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace, a journalist attempted to tempt Mourinho into slamming Conte over Chelsea’s struggles evidenced by their recent 1-0 loss to champions-elect Manchester City.
The Special One was, however, quick to note the mischief and instead responded, “Honestly, I know what you are writing as a consequence of yesterday. But Chelsea is a fantastic team and, I know it looks a bit strange because you know we had problems in the past, but it’s quite ridiculous that I have to say how unfair it is to speak the way people speaking about the English champions.”
Mourinho continued, “They are still the English champions. Chelsea was strong against us, they started very strong against us and caused problems against us in the initial part of the game.”
No more Mourinho-Conte drama?
What was surprising about Mourinho’s comments was their civil nature considering the relationship the tactician had with the Godfather earlier this season.
Mourinho had sparked a war of words after questioning Conte’s integrity by bringing up match-fixing allegations which the manager had been cleared of during his tenure in Italy. The former Juventus had in turn retaliated by calling his counterpart a ‘little man’, which added fuel to the fire of their feud.
The two, however, appear to have decided to call a truce during their recent clash which is expected to spare the football world from their drama – a t least for the time being.