Jose Mourinho's 5 best put-downs in press conferences
Jose Mourinho has never shied away from playing mind games with his adversaries. He is renowned for picking fights with those in the opposing dug-out, with Antonio Conte joining Arsene Wenger, Rafa Benitez, Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola in being on the receiving end of barbs from The Special One.
It is fast becoming one of the biggest spats between managers in the Premier League. The current Manchester United manager considers press conferences as a vital part of the tactics that he deploys to win a contest, be it a short-term or a long-term rivalry with the rival managers.
He has been involved in several prickly bust-ups with the opponents in the past. Here are 5 best put-downs of the rival managers by Jose Mourinho in press conferences:
#5 Claudio Ranieri
Antonio Conte labelled Jose Mourinho a 'little man' and accused him of being 'fake' by citing Claudio Ranieri's example. "I remember with Ranieri when Mourinho offended him for his English, and then when Ranieri was sacked he put on a shirt for Ranieri. You are fake, you are fake," Conte said.
Jose Mourinho was involved in a bitter spat with Claudio Ranieri during his Inter spell in 2008. In a remarkable tirade, Mourinho said, "Ranieri? I guess he is right with what he said I have been very demanding of myself and I have to win to be sure of things."
"This is why I have won so many trophies in my career. Ranieri, on the other hand, has the mentality of someone who does not need to win. "
He is almost 70 years old. He has won a Supercup and another small trophy and he is too old to change his mentality. He is old and he has not won anything. I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans."
" Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon."
This was in response to the comments from the then Juventus Manager Ranieri. In a press conference after a 3-0 defeat to Hamburg, Claudio Ranieri had said: “I am not like Mourinho, I do not have to win things to be sure of myself.”