Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed that he will continue to celebrate in his usual animated fashion despite Jose Mourinho asking him not to the last time they faced each other.
Back when Manchester United visited the Stamford Bridge only to get beaten 4-0 in their Premier League encounter, Jose Mourinho was seen talking to Antonio Conte after the full-time whistle, during which he apparently accused the Italian of humiliating him by celebrating in an over-the-top manner.
And now, with the Red Devils set to return to the London-based outfit for the FA Cup quarterfinals, the two star managers are all set to lock horns again, and it remains to be seen whether the former Italy and Juventus boss would avoid celebrating passionately as he usually does in order to respect Mourinho’s wishes.
In his pre-match press conference, Conte was asked if he had spoken to the Special One since the aforementioned incident, to which he replied: “No, no. I don’t think it’s important, this. (There is) nothing we have to clarify with him.
He then went on to speak about his celebrations, and explained: “I’ve shown at Chelsea, not only Chelsea, every team that I managed that I live the game with great passion. Sometimes I want to share my enthusiasm, my passion with my players, with my staff, also with the fans.
“I think it’s normal. We are not in the same way. For me the most important thing is to try to win, then to think for another celebration.”
The Blues boss also talked about the mind games Mourinho typically engages in, by claiming: “I’m very focused on the pitch. The mind games don’t bring you to win, above all if you face a team who is focused. We must talk during the game on the pitch, not before.”