Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho tried to move on from their bitter feud on Friday ahead of Manchester United‘s potentially explosive meeting with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The rivalry between Chelsea manager Conte and his United counterpart Mourinho has gotten increasingly feisty in the course of the season, with both men taking open shots each other in numerous press conferences.
Mourinho even went as far as alluding to a suspension Conte served in relation to match-fixing in the Italian League, while Conte responded by branding the Portuguese tactician as “a little man”.
However, Conte said he wants to move on from the acrimony of the past as he readies his charges for Sunday’s clash.
“In the past, both of us said things. For me, it’s OK,” said Conte. “I’m not interested to speak about this topic.”
Asked if he intended to shake Mourinho’s hand this weekend, Conte replied: “I’m not interested in this. I’m not interested in this.”
Mourinho, who has had a go at the media over his row with star midfielder Paul Pogba, was also anxious to move on from the row.
“I don’t want to speak about it,” he said. “I told you before I’m not going to speak about it. Not at all. That’s not the point. Very good manager, fantastic team and that’s what is important for me. Just that.”
The match could have a massive bearing on the race for a top four finish as second-placed United sit three points and two places above the reigning champions.