Antonio Conte replies to Jose Mourinho after Chelsea criticism

Antonio Conte hits back at Jose Mourinho after the Manchester United manager's recent criticism of Chelsea

Antonio Conte has insisted that he paid no attention to Jose Mourinho’s recent criticism of Chelsea in recent days.

The Portuguese coach was quoted as describing the Blues as a “very good defensive team” as he aimed a thinly-veiled dig at his former employers ahead of last weekend’s round of games.

Chelsea missed the chance to move 12 points clear at the top of the table on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Turf Moor.

Nevertheless, the Blues are still the heavy favourites to win the title this season and are currently 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham after 25 games.

Mourinho’s Manchester United side are currently sixth in the Premier League table as they bid to get themselves back in the race for Champions League qualification.

Conte was asked about whether he had heard about Mourinho’s criticism after Sunday’s draw with Burnley, and the Italian coach issued a blunt response.

Conte is quoted as saying by The Daily Express: “Yeah [I heard it], but I don’t like to reply to other coaches.”

Mourinho had previously said: “Chelsea are very good defensive team.

“They defend very well and with lots of players and I think in this situation a very defensive team wins the title with counterattack goals and set pieces goals so I don’t think they will let it slip but football is football.”

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