Manchester United are visiting Chelsea, which, among other things, means Jose Mourinho vs Antonio Conte, two managers who have had their fair share of… intense moments with each other ever since the Italian took charge at Chelsea.
Just a few weeks ago, right after United’s win at Benfica, Mourinho targeted Conte without pronouncing his name, talking about ‘managers who cry all the time about their injured players’. Before United’s trip to London, the Portuguese went back to the same subject.
I should cry every week about our injuries and remind everybody, day after day or press conference after press conference. So it’s my fault. It’s my decision. It’s my way of dealing with problems. It’s my way of trying to motivate and respect and give confidence to the players that are going to replace those people. But maybe I have to reconsider my profile. I know that I moan about a lot of things but I don’t with injuries and probably I should
Mourinho told a news conference in Manchester, clearly targeting Conte again, since Chelsea’s coach has indeed been repeating for weeks now how many injury problems his team has been having.
I think any other manager would be speaking about Pogba every day. ‘Oh, I don’t have Pogba. Oh, when will I have Pogba? Oh, 10 matches without Pogba. Oh, all the Champions League group phase without Pogba. Oh, all the big matches, against Liverpool, against Chelsea, against Spurs without Pogba. Oh.’ I don’t speak about Pogba one single time. It’s only when you ask me about his situation. And it’s not just Pogba. It’s Pogba, it’s Fellaini, it’s Carrick, it’s Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic], it’s Marcos Rojo. It’s a big group of players
the Man United manager also said.