Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has sent a message to Jose Mourinho ahead of his side’s FA Cup clash against Manchester United.
Chelsea won 4-0 when these sides met in the Premier League earlier in the season, with the Italian getting the better of the manager sacked by the Blues last term.
Mourinho is known for his tendency to get into spats with rival managers, and has been cranking up the mind games as usual ahead of this tie.
Still, Conte doesn’t seem too phased by the Portuguese’s antics, and reminded him that talking off the pitch isn’t enough to win football matches.
When asked about Mourinho’s mind games, Conte said: ‘Mind games don’t bring you to win. The most important thing is what happens on the pitch. To prepare the team in the right way, with good organisation.
‘To talk football. To think about my team, to try through work to improve my players. These are the most important things for me and for every coach.
‘The mind games… they’re strange no? It’s strange to ask me this.
‘My players and I are focused on the game on the pitch, on the work, and to try to improve every day.’
“I have shown in my period at Chelsea, but not only at Chelsea and always every team I have managed, that I live the game with a great passion.
“Sometimes I want to share my passion with my players, staff and also with the fans. That is normal. We are not in the same way.
“The most important thing is to try to win and then to think of another celebration.”