The recent war of words between Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte and his Manchester United counterpart, Jose Mourinho has set the English Premier League on fire, speaking literally.
The ‘hatred’ between them in recent months took a new dimension with outrights aspersions on their persons without recourse to respect for each other. Simply, both men threw respect to the winds.
Below is a timeline of the lashback and backlash:
7 January 2018: Conte says: “When you try to hurt a person, especially if you know very well the truth of what happens, the court proved my innocence, when you do this it means you are a little man.”
6 January 2018: Mourinho says his “clown” comment was not about Conte, but also says: “What never happened to me – and will never happen – is to be suspended for match-fixing. That never happened to me and will never happen.”
5 January 2018: Conte says Mourinho “forgets what he said in the past or his behaviours”.
4 January 2018: Mourinho says he does not “behave as a clown on the touchline”, but it is not clear whether he is talking about himself, Conte or any of the other Premier League managers.
19 October 2017: Conte says Mourinho needs to “look at himself” and stop talking about his former side.
29 July 2017: Conte says he must avoid “a Mourinho season” as the champions attempt to defend their Premier League title.
14 March 2017: Mourinho tells Chelsea fans “I’m still number one” after being heckled during his side’s FA Cup loss at Stamford Bridge.
12 February 2017: Conte says he does not like Mourinho’s “joking” after the Manchester United boss said Chelsea cannot be caught because they are a “defensive team”.
23 October 2016: Conte says he was “not mocking anyone” after appearing to antagonise Mourinho in Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.