Jose Mourinho: 'Antonio Conte feud is over'


That dig clearly hurt with Conte and, on Friday, Mourinho mischievously said: "The first time he insulted me I had a response, a response that I know touched the point where he really feels hurt". (But) there is something odd if, after the first game we lost against Burnley, the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach.

The club are preparing for the worst case by already looking for potential replacements, and according to the London Evening Standard, they have identified Juventus Manager Masimilliano Allegri and Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as their prime targets. "I think in other clubs this doesn't happen".

Chelsea head coach Conte on Saturday said the feeling was mutual and that he would not be losing any sleep over the matter, insisting again he was stopping the verbal sparring. The Chile forward has been linked with a January move, with Manchester United rumoured to have joined Manchester City in the race to recruit him.

But Conte suggested he could play Barkley for the first time when Chelsea take on Norwich in their FA Cup third-round replay at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday.

'I don't enjoy [them],' he said ahead of his side's clash against Stoke this evening.

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The hosts were handed a way into the game when Chilwell was dismissed after two bookings in five minutes, but even then the closest they came was an effort from Tiemoue Bakayoko that went over the bar.

Asked if more could be read into their conversation, Conte added: "No, not other situation or other conversation". I just say what is obvious.

Once Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas were (bizarrely) withdrawn on the hour mark by Antonio Conte, it was clear to see that it was going to be another one of "those days".

"I think he is with the doctor now, but it's OK, I do not think it was serious", he told the BBC. Conte has guided the Blues to the knockout round of the UEFA Champions League, and his team remains alive in the race for top four in league play.