Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte refused to make public the content of their touchline exchange after the Blues routed Manchester United 4-0 in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Before walking down the tunnel at the end of the game, the angry-looking Mourinho cupped Conte’s head and spent a good time whispering in the Chelsea manager’s left ear.
Touchline microphones suggested Mourinho had accused Conte, in Italian, of trying to “humiliate” his side by urging the home fans to make more noise, but the United manager refused to go into detail in his post-match interview.
“You know me. I spoke to Conte, not to you,”
“I’m not the kind of guy to come here and share with you things I don’t want to share.
“What is between me and Antonio is for us, or up to him to talk if he wants to. That is his problem. I have no comment.”
Conte refuses to divulge
Conte was also reluctant to discuss the matter. He, however, defended himself for whipping up the crowd after N’Golo Kante had breezed through the United defence to score Chelsea’s fourth goal.
“I think that, today, it was right to call our fans,” he said.
“In a moment I was listening only to the supporters of Manchester United at 4-0.
“So I called the fans to give the players a great clap after this kind of performance. The players, after a 4-0 win, deserved a great clap.
“We live with emotions. If you want to cut the emotions, we can stay at home and I will change jobs.”
Mourinho was returning to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs as a manager, but left after being consigned to his heaviest loss since Real Madrid’s 5-0 humiliation by Barcelona in November 2010.