Antonio Conte has hit back at Jose Mourinho and told him to stop talking about Chelsea after the Manchester United manager suggested that Chelsea’s boss was “crying” about his injury situation.
Mourinho was speaking after United’s 1 – 0 Champions League win against Benfica when he spoke of other managers who “cry and cry and cry” about injuries.
When Conte was asked about it after Chelsea’s 3 – 3 draw with Roma he hit back, “A lot of time Mourinho has to see what happens at Chelsea. A lot of time, also last season. I think he has to think about his team and stop… to look at himself, not the others.”
Chelsea are without N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses due to hamstring injuries and Danny Drinkwater due to a calf injury. During the match against Roma, David Luiz also picked up a calf injury that has put him in doubt for today’s match.
Meanwhile Tiemoue Bakayoko played on despite a groin problem and Conte played down features over captain Gary Cahill after the defender finished the game with a large bandage on his head.
Chelsea surrendered a two goal lead and were trailing 3 – 2 with twenty minutes remaining. However, they manged to avoid a three-match losing streak when Hazard headed in an equaliser.
Conte has said that his tactics were partly responsible for the disappointing result. When Luiz went off for Pedro the team reverted to their usual 3-4-3 formation.
“I didn’t like the type of football we did for a lot of the game, but it’s right to take the responsibility for this,” Conte said.
“I tried on one hand to protect my team, to become more solid and to move our central defender into midfield. On the other hand we lost totally our style of football. Sometimes you have to find the right solution to try to protect your team. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. But you know very well our situation.”