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Published: 0129 GMT May 18, 2018

Mourinho says Conte feud over ahead of FA Cup final

Mourinho says Conte feud over ahead of FA Cup final

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said the sometimes bitter feud between himself and Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte has ended ahead of the sides’ meeting in today’s FA Cup final.

The duo have been involved in a war of words since the 2016-17 season, when Mourinho criticized Conte for celebrating wildly after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over United, while the Italian accused his Portuguese rival of being obsessed with the Blues, Reuters reported.

The feud continued into this season as Mourinho labelled the Italian’s touchline manner as clown-like and alluded to a match-fixing allegation against the former Juventus boss, which he was cleared of in Italy.

Conte, in turn, described former Chelsea manager Mourinho as a “little man” and “a fake”.

“It’s okay. It’s okay. He stretched out (to shake hands), I stretched out. We got bored,” Mourinho told Portuguese news outlet Record.

“After the game in Manchester, I invited him to come to my office. We talked. Nothing’s wrong.”

Mourinho previously managed Chelsea for five seasons across two stints before joining United in 2016.

The Portuguese boss led United to a second-placed league finish this season, while Conte has fared worse, with defending champion Chelsea ending the campaign in fifth and failing to qualify for the Champions League.

The pair will face off once again when United aims to win a record-equaling 13th FA Cup at Wembley today.

Chelsea’s seventh and most recent FA Cup triumph was under Roberto Di Matteo in 2012, and the London outfit was defeated in last year’s final by Arsenal.


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