Antonio Conte says he has no regrets about firing back at Jose Mourinho and does not believe their public war of words is damaging the reputations of Chelsea or Manchester United.
Tensions escalated further following Chelsea’s goalless draw with Norwich City on Saturday, with Conte calling Mourinho a “little man” with a “very low profile” as well as a “fake” after the United manager had made an apparent reference to the Italian’s past suspension for failure to report match fixing.
Mourinho is yet to publicly respond to Conte’s latest attack and while the Chelsea head coach was unwilling to add to his criticism in a news conference to preview his team’s Carabao Cup semifinal tie with Arsenal, he declined the opportunity to backtrack on his earlier comments.
Asked if he would take back any of the things he has said about Mourinho, Conte replied: “Do I have the look of a person who regrets? I don’t think so. We both said these things and we’ll see what happens in the future.”
Sources have told ESPN FC that there is currently no appetite within the Football Association to intervene in the conflict, and Conte dismissed the notion that Chelsea, United or the League Managers Association (LMA) should make efforts to end the dispute.
“I think it is not important for the LMA to understand, it is not important,” he insisted. “He said serious words, using serious words. I won’t forget this.
“This is not a problem for the clubs. It’s a problem between me and him. I stop.”
Conte’s stance ensures that all eyes will be on the Old Trafford touchline when Chelsea take on United in the Premier League on Feb. 25, but the Italian has a more pressing challenge to navigate first as he prepares for a two-legged Carabao Cup semifinal tie against Arsenal.