Before the weekend, without naming names, Mourinho appeared to aim a dig at Conte and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp - two of the most animated and passionate coaches in the Premier League - by saying he did not feel they need to behave like "a clown" on the touchline.
The gloves are well and truly off now in the escalating row between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte. Conte, clearly feeling that Mourinho was referring to him, suggested that the former Blues boss was suffering from a form of dementia. You said Mourinho said you behaved as a clown. So, wrong question. Obviously a strong answer but I don't blame [him].
"I am not free of an out-of-control reaction in the future".
"I was asked about my passion, and you know I was speaking about myself, and then the question to the Chelsea manager was that I told he behaved like a clown".
"I celebrated goals running 50 metres, I celebrated goals sliding on my knees, celebrations jumping in the crowd. I repeat that sometimes for example, Wenger forgets that in the last few games we finish the game with 10 men when they won FA Cup and Community Shield, and I think the referee decisions were a bit unusual, you understand?" I'm not free of that, especially if we score a winning goal in a specific moment, I am not free to have an out-of-control reaction.More news: The Nokia 3310 4G Is Expected To Launch In Early 2018
Conte described "very strange" the verbal fight between Premier League bosses: "I don't like to speak about the other coach, about the other players".
Mourinho was speaking after the 2-0 victory over Derby County in the FA Cup where he was asked about Conte's comments about him forgetting what he used to be like in the past - remarks which themselves came in response to reports that Mourinho had a called Conte "a clown" on the touchline. "That never happened to me and it will never happen".
Conte and Mourinho will meet again on February 25th as this should be a heated game as well.
It's prompted Conte to call on Mourinho to remember his own history: "I think that he has to see himself in the past, maybe he was speaking about himself in the past, yeah?"
"Sometimes I think there is, I don't know the name, but demenza senile. when you forget what you do in the past".