English Premiership

Conte denies humiliating Jose

2016-10-24 22:07
Antonio Conte (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Antonio Conte has denied Jose Mourinho's claims he tried to humiliate him at the end of Chelsea's 4-0 humbling of Manchester United by encouraging the home fans to increase their noise levels as the final whistle approached.

N'Golo Kante had just scored the Blues' fourth goal, and with the Stamford Bridge faithful being out-sung by the travelling United fans, Conte could be seen calling on the crowd to applaud their team's efforts.

The former Italian boss explained he was trying to generate some more support for his team following an excellent performance, and was not, as Mourinho felt, trying humiliate him.

The Italian media claimed Mourinho said: "You don't celebrate like that at 4-0. You can do it at 1-0, otherwise it's humiliating for us."

But after the match, the Chelsea boss explained: "I was a football player, so I know how to behave on the pitch. I have great respect for everyone.

"There were United fans who kept singing, while ours were in silence after a great performance from my team. I wanted to call the crowd to applaud the players, which seems normal enough to me.

"Nothing happened with Jose, especially as my behaviour seemed normal. I didn't make fun of anyone, as I always demand respect.

"If you want to cut the emotions, we can stay at home and I will change jobs. I did something absolutely normal. I didn't do anything to humiliate Mourinho."

Pedro had opened the scorning at Stamford Bridge after just 30 second before Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Kante completed the rout.

"I am delighted for the performance because we played very well with good intensity, good positions and we moved the ball very quickly and created many chances to score goals," said Conte.

"This is the third game we haven't conceded a goal and that is very important. This type of game, against a very strong team like Manchester United, increases our confidence about our work.

"Now we must continue because this is the right way but for me United is in the past.

"We must concentrate on Wednesday when we have another tough game against West Ham and its important to recover and prepare for that game."

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