We’re pretty sure Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte didn’t exchange Christmas cards last month.
The pair are famously far from friends, with their ongoing feud kicking off in Chelsea’s clash against Manchester United near the beginning of last season.
You may remember Mourinho accused the Italian of mocking him during the Blue’s 4-0 win over United at Stamford Bridge, and since then, they’ve been constantly digging at one another in the press.
And things have just reached a whole new level of savagery.
It all started earlier this week when Conte suggested that the United manager had forgotten some of his own past behaviour, when it was put to him that Mourinho suggested that he behaved “like a clown” on the touchline.
Conte said: “I think he has to see himself in the past – maybe he was speaking about himself in the past.
“Maybe, sometimes, I think that someone forgets what’s said in the past, which is his behaviour.
“Sometimes I think there is, I don’t know the name, but demenza senile… when you forget what you do in the past.”
And following his side’s 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Derby on Friday, Mourinho said the comments were not directed at Conte, but added: “The only thing I want to say to end the story is that yes, I made mistakes in the past on the touchline.
“Yes, I will make less but I think I will still make a few.
“What never happened to me – and will never happen – is to be suspended for match-fixing.
“That never happened to me and will never happen.”
As you may know, Conte received a four-month suspension in the 2012-13 season when he was at Juventus, for failing to report match-fixing at his previous club Siena.
But in 2016, the Italian was cleared by a court of any wrongdoing in the matter.
On Friday, speaking before United’s win over Derby, Conte said: “There is a person that continues to look here – you understand?
“He went away, but he continued to look here.
“I am starting to be a bit annoyed.
“If you want to go to fight with me I am ready.
“I am improving a bit my English – because this is the real problem for me – otherwise we can go, we can go to fight.”
United next host Chelsea on February 25.
That one’s gonna be spicy, we reckon.
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