What Jose Mourinho said to Antonio Conte after Chelsea hammered Manchester United 4-0
Jose Mourinho took issue with Antonio Conte inciting the Chelsea fans
As Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte shook hands after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Manchester United, the Portuguese manager had some heated words to say that left the whole world wondering what was said. While the duo did not reveal what was said in their post-match press conferences, reports in the Italian press and Ruud Gullit have reported that Mourinho was unhappy with Conte’s celebration.
Chelsea took the lead 30 seconds into the game thanks to Pedro to send Stamford Bridge wild, and the atmosphere was still loud when N’Golo Kante made it 4-0 in the 70th minute. However, by the end, the away section of Manchester United fans were singing loud and proud. Conte reacted to this and gestured heavily to the Chelsea crowd to make some noise, and they responded.
This appears to be the crux of the matter, as according to the Italian press, Mourinho told Conte off after the game, allegedly saying, “Do that [asking Chelsea fans to celebrate] at 1-0, not at 4-0. I am a human being too, and do not deserve that humiliation.”
Both Mourinho and Conte keep what was said private after the game
As reporters heavily quizzed the Chelsea and Manchester United managers after the game, the pair refused to answer, sticking to football’s tradition of keeping what happens in the tunnel, stays in the tunnel.
Conte defended his actions in asking the crowd to make more noise after the game, saying “I was listening to the support of Manchester United, always supporting their team and I was asking my team to do a clap for my players. All the players deserve this clap.”
As for what Mourinho said to him, Conte replied diplomatically, saying “When there is a private conversation it is right to remain private, I have great respect for Jose, he is a great manager and he won a lot here.”
Jose Mourinho echoed that sentiment when asked, saying “It was fine, I was not expecting anything different here. The crowd behaved in a normal way. My words were with Antonio Conte were for him, not for you.”
At the end of the day what matters is the result, and Conte will not be concerned at any chastening words Jose Mourinho has to say, as Chelsea rise to 4th in the table, just 1 point behind leaders Manchester City, while Manchester United languish in 7th place on 14 points.