Antonio Conte has called Jose Mourinho a “little man” with a “very low profile” and a “fake” as he continued his extraordinary public war of words with the Manchester United manager after Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Norwich City in the FA Cup on Saturday.
After already calling Mourinho “a little, little man” in his postgame TV interview, Conte explained in his news conference: “I think when there are these types of comments, before [making them] you have to know very well the truth.
“The truth is that I was banned for four months from the sporting justice, for failure to report [match-fixing]. Then I asked for a real trial by court and they declared my innocence.
“Before you make this type of comment, before [you try] to hurt another person, you must pay great attention. You show you are a little man. You don’t know very well which is the situation.
“But I know him very well in the past. In the past he was a little man in many circumstances, he is a little man in the present and for sure he will be a little man in the future. Also if he wants to try to change his behaviours. But the person is this, Mourinho is this. You know him very well. The level is very low.”
Before his news conference, Conte spoke to the BBC and said about Mourinho: “He was a little man in the past, he’s the little man in the present, maybe he will be a little man also in the future.”
Conte added: “This is not my problem. I consider him a little man, a man with a very low profile. There is a story to speak for him and for me. You can change the story. But you have to know the story very well before hurting another person. In the last period he’s suffering a bit of amnesia.
“When you become to be older, there is this type of risk. Also for me, and for you. For [everyone]. The problem is if you show this. He must pay great attention. He’s doing this with regularity.”
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