Chelsea manager Antonio Conte continued his feud with Jose Mourinho, gaffer of Manchester United on Saturday by calling him a�?a little mana�?.
Mourinho made a pointed comment about match-fixing during the week, a reference to the four-month suspension Conte was handed in the 2012/2013 season, when he managed Siena in Italy.
His offence was his failure to report the match-fixing at the club. He was later cleared by an Italian court of any wrongdoing.
a�?I think when you try to hurt a person, especially if you know very well the truth of what happens, the court proved my innocence.
a�?When you do this it means you are a little mana�? Conte said after Chelseaa��s 0-0 FA Cup third-round draw at Championship side Norwich City.
a�?But this is the not the first time. He does this in the past and he continues to do this in the present.a�?
Mourinho and Conte have never been friends but their relationship deteriorated this week after Mourinho spoke about some managers behaving a�?like a clowna�? on the touchline.
This was taken as a reference to Conte and Liverpoola��s Juergen Klopp.
In response on Friday, the Chelsea manager accused the Portuguese of a�?senile dementiaa�?, which led to Mourinho saying he had not mentioned any names.
a�?This is his way, it is no surprise. We all know him,a�? Conte said. a�?Life will go on, Ia�?m not worried about him.a�?
Conte refused to criticise his players after making nine changes for the match against Norwich.
a�?Ita��s a bit frustrating. We knew the difficulty of the game. When you play away in this competition ita��s not easy,a�? he said.
a�?In the first half we had difficulty to attack but in the second half we created chances to score.
a�?Norwich deserve to have another game. For us ita��s not simple to add another game in the schedule. These are the rules though.a�?