Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte didn’t leave any stone unturned in his response to Jose Mourinho’s “clown” remarks.
The Portuguese Manchester United manager had labelled Conte, Guardiola and Klopp as “clowns” exonerating himself from the theatrical displays that come with the passionate approach of the trio to matches.
Mourinho had swiftly replied a journalist who queried his passion for the game when he described some of his counterparts as clowns while praising his own maturity.
He said; “Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline, it means I have lost my passion?” Mourinho said. “I prefer the way I am doing it. Much better for my team and myself. You see it every day in the way a person is dedicated to his work, not what you do in front of the cameras.”
Now he could have been referring to any one of Conte, Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola, or all three, with the managers of Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City all extremely overzealous on the sidelines.
Speaking on Friday ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup clash at Norwich City on Saturday, Conte accused Mourinho of having senile dementia when it comes to remembering how he used to act.
“I think he has to see himself in the past – maybe he was speaking about himself in the past. Maybe, sometimes, I think that someone forgets what’s said in the past, which is his behavior,” Conte said. “Sometimes I think there is, I don’t know the name, but demenza senile… when you forget what you do in the past.”
Conte has proven his taste for spicy Italian insults.
Mourinho’s antics in 2004 when he ran down the sidelines at Old Trafford celebrating a goal for his Porto team, or in 2013-14 when Chelsea scored a late winner against PSG at Stamford Bridge, or his celebrations at Anfield after a Chelsea win in 2014, or when he poked late Barcelona’s coach Tito Villanova in the eye in a scuffle when he was Real Madrid manager, or … many more show of clownish displays from the sidelines.
“Senile Dementia” is a medical term used to describe forgetfulness as a result of senility or old age.