Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte’s war of words has continued this week after the Manchester United and Chelsea managers traded barbs in the press.
New year, same story. Mourinho’s claim he did not need to behave like “a clown” during games to show his passion was treated as a personal affront by Conte, who is known for his touchline exuberance. Chelsea’s boss bit back by suggesting Mourinho had “demenza senile”, which translates to senile dementia. In response, Mourinho appeared to make a pointed reference to match-fixing. “What never happened to me and will never happen to me is to be suspended for match-fixing,” he said. Conte served a four-month ban following accusations he failed to report his knowledge of an incident of attempted match-fixing in 2011. He was later acquitted of any wrongdoing.