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Conte warns Mourinho he’s not interested in mind-games and touchline argy-bargy

Date Posted,April 13, 2017

Antonio Conte has told Jose Mourinho – I’m not interested in your mind-games or technical-area argy-bargy.

Before his champions-elect make their Sunday visit to Chelsea predecessor Mourinho’s Manchester United , Conte dismissed other managers’ attempts to “manipulate” situations as “not important.”

And he insists he would much rather focus on guiding his team on the sidelines than get into a sideshow scrap with a counterpart.

It has not been easy for manager Conte to do that this season when he has faced Mourinho, or to ignore the Special One’s jibes at the club that sacked him for a second time in December 2015.

Ex-Chelsea manager Mourinho was in their current boss Conte’s ear back in October (Photo: Reuters)

Mourinho has criticised Chelsea fans and tactics, and occasionally even his compliments have been backhanded.

Opposite number Conte has preferred to chose his words carefully in response and said: “Look, many coaches try to manipulate the ideas and try to make the other person, not understand, but put the other person in the way they want.

“But it’s not important for me. It’s important to continue to work and have our idea of football.”

Mourinho was fuming about Conte’s celebrations as Chelsea thumped United 4-0 in October, and the pair clashed during last month’s FA Cup tie, which the Blues also won by a solitary goal.

Conte insists there are no problems between the two and it is simply a “sporting conflict” between them when things boil over on the sidelines.

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