Antonio Conte goes on the attack against 'senile' José Mourinho

Dean Simpson
January 6, 2018

Antonio Conte has said that José Mourinho is acting like he has "demenza senile", launching a fierce attack on his rival at Manchester United.

"The only thing I want to say to end the story is that yes, I made mistakes in the past on the touchline", he said.

A visibly annoyed Conte responded in his Friday news conference by suggesting that Mourinho has a memory problem when it comes to his own past actions on the pitch, and claiming that Wenger should show more respect for referees and other clubs. Press should apologize to me and him. "Maybe, sometimes, I think that someone forgets what's said in the past, which is his behaviour", Conte said. I'm not free of that, especially if we score a winning goal in a specific moment I am not free to have an out-of-control reaction.

He also had this to say about Conte's past: "I don't need Chelsea manager to say I made mistakes in past and will in future".

"I celebrated goals by running 50 metres".


"I think if Arsène Wenger watched the game again, [he should] understand that he was very lucky during the game for refereeing decisions", Conte said.

"What I was trying to say that I behave bad a few times and this moment I control myself better".

"It doesn't mean that my passion is not the same".

Conte described "very strange" the verbal fight between Premier League bosses: "I don't like to speak about the other coach, about the other players. That never happened to me and it will never happen".

"What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match fixing".


It was later cut to four months, which he served, before being completely cleared in 2016.

"Look I don't blame him", Mourinho said after Conte's comments were mentioned. Maybe sometimes, someone forgets what they said in the past, or [forgets] his behaviours.

Mourinho was speaking after the 2-0 victory over Derby County in the FA Cup where he was asked about Conte's comments about him forgetting what he used to be like in the past - remarks which themselves came in response to reports that Mourinho had a called Conte "a clown" on the touchline.

It is a bit rich for a manager with Mourinho's history of bombastic celebrations to be critical of another, even if Conte has become famous for his passionate reactions during matches.


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