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Chelsea boss Conte defends passionate style after run-in with Mourinho

By matt mcgeehan

Published 26/10/2016

Hitting back: Antonio Conte has demanded more respect
Hitting back: Antonio Conte has demanded more respect

Antonio Conte has demanded he is shown the same respect he shows others after Jose Mourinho's apparent disapproval at his touchline antics.

The Italian is a man who kicks every ball and bellows to his players from his technical area.

Mourinho appeared to express his annoyance when speaking at length to his successor after Chelsea's emphatic win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Italian media reported Mourinho had been annoyed that Conte had encouraged the home support to cheer on the Blues when they were already 4-0 up, saying "it's humiliating".

Conte insisted he had moved on as Sunday's win is now in the past. But, speaking ahead of tonight's EFL Cup fourth-round clash at West Ham, he made a pointed remark, which may have left Mourinho with his ears burning.

"I live the game with great emotion, with great passion," Conte said. "I think that everyone must show respect for me, for my work, for my job.

"In every game I show myself. Not here, only one game. I have a history and you can see my history, my past and my behaviour on the bench.

"I always show respect for the opponent, for the other teams, for the other club and my history speaks for me."

Captain John Terry was an unused substitute in the wins over Leicester and United but could start for the first time in six weeks following an ankle injury as Conte prepares to rotate.

Conte insists Terry has a part to play in a back-three system, despite admitting the two wide defenders must be quick. The 35-year-old former England captain has acknowledged he has never been fast.

"The two central defenders, on the right and left, must be very fast, also aggressive," Conte said.

"The player in the middle of the three must be more tactical, to call the line up and down.

"If you have an injury, it's important to have a good solution.

"I want to see the players, to give me the good answer."

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