Antonio Conte said he does not like Jose Mourinho’s “joking” after the Manchester United boss said Premier League leaders Chelsea cannot be caught because they are a “defensive team”.
The Blues are 10 points clear following a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Sunday.
Mourinho, known for playing mind games with his rivals, said they won’t slip up because they are “very defensive” and win with “counter attacks”.
“He’s playing,” said Chelsea manager Conte.
“I have the experience to understand this.”
Mourinho was speaking after his side beat Watford 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run to 16 games. They are sixth, 12 points behind Chelsea.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has previously accused Mourinho of playing mind games, as did Sir Alex Ferguson when he was at Manchester United.
Conte, though, is refusing to get draw into them, adding: “I don’t like to reply about the other coaches.”