Jose Mourinho’s criticism of Antonio Conte in the aftermath of Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea was justified, according to former Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque.
Reports suggest Mourinho accused the Blues boss of ‘humiliating’ him with his animated behaviour on the touchline throughout the encounter at Stamford Bridge.
The pair were captured exchanging words at the final whistle and Del Bosque, who masterminded Spain’s 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 wins, believes Mourinho has every right to feel aggrieved.
“It did not seem like a wrong message from Mourinho to Conte,” Del Bosque told AS.
“Sometimes Conte has to be a little more considerate when he celebrates victories, really.“I was also hurt when we played against Italy at Euro 2016.
“I’m not saying don’t express joy, there’s no need to be as dull as me, but express a moderate joy. It is not that I am a defender of Mourinho, but he had a point.”
Mourinho, speaking in Italian, appeared to tell Conte he should behave like that “at 1-0, not at 4-0”, and suggested he had actually been seeking to humiliate him in front of his former fans.
Conte denied that had been his motivation, explaining post‑match that he had simply been seeking to generate a positive reaction from the crowd after his team’s most impressive performance to date under his stewardship.
However, when a member of the United coaching staff ignored Conte’s outstretched hand as they turned to retreat down the tunnel, it provoked a heated argument with a member of the Italian’s own back-room team.
Both managers chose not to elaborate on their post-match conversation to the media.
But neither denied the version of events, picked up on Italian television, when it was put to them. “I think that a private conversation must remain private,” Conte said.
“If someone discover something, OK … but for me the private conversation remains private.