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Nemanja Matic says Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with but he is also the best

Nemanja Matic has admitted Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with at times because he is constantly demanding more from players, regardless of what they achieve. But the Manchester United midfielder believes that is one of the reasons why Mourinho is the best coach he has ever played under. And Matic has insisted Mourinho’s public image as “cold and conceited” is at odds with his warmth and compassion in private and believes the Portuguese is building a squad capable of bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford. United have won 10 of their past 12 matches but Mourinho has come in for criticism in recent days for his defensive approach in the goalless draw at Anfield last Saturday and an uninspiring 1-0 victory away to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday. But Matic launched a staunch defence of Mourinho, under whom he won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2014/15, before being brought to United for £40 million by the manager this summer. Mourinho and Matic also worked together at Chelsea  "Mourinho is a brand, and the best coach I've ever worked with,” the Serbia midfielder said. "Sometimes it isn't easy to work with him, because he always demands more. "Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match. "I cooperated excellently with him at Chelsea, and the fact that Mourinho is the coach at Manchester was the decisive factor in me choosing my new environment. "Privately he's completely different from the way he is perceived by the general public. This is a man who possesses all human virtues. He's not at all cold or conceited, as he is presented in the media." Matic says he is excited by United’s potential this season and hopes to repeat some of the success his compatriot Nemanja Vidic had at the club.  "He (Mourinho) has created an excellent group of players with huge potential, and everything is there for us to achieve good results,” Matic told Air Serbia’s in-flight magazine, Elevate. "I don't want to talk about the goals of the club, but when I mention Manchester United I think the ambitions are clear to everyone. "We will do our best to achieve the results that previous generations had. "The fact that I'm playing for United is the pinnacle of my career and of everything I've achieved in football. Matic wants to have similar success at United to his compatriot Nemanja Vidic  "Vidic is spoken about with great respect in Manchester. He left an indelible mark at United. I will do my best to repeat the success that Vidic had, and I know that it will be very tough. "I do not want them to ask me someday 'What are you even doing here?’ I'm privileged to be following in his footsteps, and if I'm even half as respected among the fans as Nemanja I will be overjoyed."   Meanwhile, Nicky Butt insists Mourinho is interested in United’s academy, which he said will never be like some clubs who “cast their net out and trawl them (young players) all in like fish, but then dump them without realising they are just kids.” "I am lucky to have a manager who communicates with me and is interested in some of the younger ones," Butt said. "We have discussions about them, who to bring up to senior training and who to look at, such as the last game of last season (against Crystal Palace) when we had six debutants. That was unbelievable "In that sense I'm lucky, but it doesn't surprise me. When the manager came in, he was honest with me. He said that his role was to get United back to winning ways, it wasn't to run the academy because that was my job. "But he said he would be here for me to lean on, to help, join in and watch sessions. He said he would discuss players with me in terms of who to bring up, who to put out on loan, but ultimately, he said I was the boss of the Academy and he was the boss of the first-team. If I'm perfectly honest, that's just the way I want it."

Nemanja Matic says Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with but he is also the best

Nemanja Matic has admitted Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with at times because he is constantly demanding more from players, regardless of what they achieve. But the Manchester United midfielder believes that is one of the reasons why Mourinho is the best coach he has ever played under. And Matic has insisted Mourinho’s public image as “cold and conceited” is at odds with his warmth and compassion in private and believes the Portuguese is building a squad capable of bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford. United have won 10 of their past 12 matches but Mourinho has come in for criticism in recent days for his defensive approach in the goalless draw at Anfield last Saturday and an uninspiring 1-0 victory away to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday. But Matic launched a staunch defence of Mourinho, under whom he won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2014/15, before being brought to United for £40 million by the manager this summer. Mourinho and Matic also worked together at Chelsea  "Mourinho is a brand, and the best coach I've ever worked with,” the Serbia midfielder said. "Sometimes it isn't easy to work with him, because he always demands more. "Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match. "I cooperated excellently with him at Chelsea, and the fact that Mourinho is the coach at Manchester was the decisive factor in me choosing my new environment. "Privately he's completely different from the way he is perceived by the general public. This is a man who possesses all human virtues. He's not at all cold or conceited, as he is presented in the media." Matic says he is excited by United’s potential this season and hopes to repeat some of the success his compatriot Nemanja Vidic had at the club.  "He (Mourinho) has created an excellent group of players with huge potential, and everything is there for us to achieve good results,” Matic told Air Serbia’s in-flight magazine, Elevate. "I don't want to talk about the goals of the club, but when I mention Manchester United I think the ambitions are clear to everyone. "We will do our best to achieve the results that previous generations had. "The fact that I'm playing for United is the pinnacle of my career and of everything I've achieved in football. Matic wants to have similar success at United to his compatriot Nemanja Vidic  "Vidic is spoken about with great respect in Manchester. He left an indelible mark at United. I will do my best to repeat the success that Vidic had, and I know that it will be very tough. "I do not want them to ask me someday 'What are you even doing here?’ I'm privileged to be following in his footsteps, and if I'm even half as respected among the fans as Nemanja I will be overjoyed."   Meanwhile, Nicky Butt insists Mourinho is interested in United’s academy, which he said will never be like some clubs who “cast their net out and trawl them (young players) all in like fish, but then dump them without realising they are just kids.” "I am lucky to have a manager who communicates with me and is interested in some of the younger ones," Butt said. "We have discussions about them, who to bring up to senior training and who to look at, such as the last game of last season (against Crystal Palace) when we had six debutants. That was unbelievable "In that sense I'm lucky, but it doesn't surprise me. When the manager came in, he was honest with me. He said that his role was to get United back to winning ways, it wasn't to run the academy because that was my job. "But he said he would be here for me to lean on, to help, join in and watch sessions. He said he would discuss players with me in terms of who to bring up, who to put out on loan, but ultimately, he said I was the boss of the Academy and he was the boss of the first-team. If I'm perfectly honest, that's just the way I want it."

Nemanja Matic says Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with but he is also the best

Nemanja Matic has admitted Jose Mourinho is not easy to work with at times because he is constantly demanding more from players, regardless of what they achieve. But the Manchester United midfielder believes that is one of the reasons why Mourinho is the best coach he has ever played under. And Matic has insisted Mourinho’s public image as “cold and conceited” is at odds with his warmth and compassion in private and believes the Portuguese is building a squad capable of bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford. United have won 10 of their past 12 matches but Mourinho has come in for criticism in recent days for his defensive approach in the goalless draw at Anfield last Saturday and an uninspiring 1-0 victory away to Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday. But Matic launched a staunch defence of Mourinho, under whom he won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2014/15, before being brought to United for £40 million by the manager this summer. Mourinho and Matic also worked together at Chelsea  "Mourinho is a brand, and the best coach I've ever worked with,” the Serbia midfielder said. "Sometimes it isn't easy to work with him, because he always demands more. "Even when you play the best match in your career, he considers that you can play better in the next match. "I cooperated excellently with him at Chelsea, and the fact that Mourinho is the coach at Manchester was the decisive factor in me choosing my new environment. "Privately he's completely different from the way he is perceived by the general public. This is a man who possesses all human virtues. He's not at all cold or conceited, as he is presented in the media." Matic says he is excited by United’s potential this season and hopes to repeat some of the success his compatriot Nemanja Vidic had at the club.  "He (Mourinho) has created an excellent group of players with huge potential, and everything is there for us to achieve good results,” Matic told Air Serbia’s in-flight magazine, Elevate. "I don't want to talk about the goals of the club, but when I mention Manchester United I think the ambitions are clear to everyone. "We will do our best to achieve the results that previous generations had. "The fact that I'm playing for United is the pinnacle of my career and of everything I've achieved in football. Matic wants to have similar success at United to his compatriot Nemanja Vidic  "Vidic is spoken about with great respect in Manchester. He left an indelible mark at United. I will do my best to repeat the success that Vidic had, and I know that it will be very tough. "I do not want them to ask me someday 'What are you even doing here?’ I'm privileged to be following in his footsteps, and if I'm even half as respected among the fans as Nemanja I will be overjoyed."   Meanwhile, Nicky Butt insists Mourinho is interested in United’s academy, which he said will never be like some clubs who “cast their net out and trawl them (young players) all in like fish, but then dump them without realising they are just kids.” "I am lucky to have a manager who communicates with me and is interested in some of the younger ones," Butt said. "We have discussions about them, who to bring up to senior training and who to look at, such as the last game of last season (against Crystal Palace) when we had six debutants. That was unbelievable "In that sense I'm lucky, but it doesn't surprise me. When the manager came in, he was honest with me. He said that his role was to get United back to winning ways, it wasn't to run the academy because that was my job. "But he said he would be here for me to lean on, to help, join in and watch sessions. He said he would discuss players with me in terms of who to bring up, who to put out on loan, but ultimately, he said I was the boss of the Academy and he was the boss of the first-team. If I'm perfectly honest, that's just the way I want it."

VIDEO: Man United ooze class after consoling teenage goalkeeper

Benfica's 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar was having the night of his life, until late on...

VIDEO: Man United ooze class after consoling teenage goalkeeper

Benfica's 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar was having the night of his life, until late on...

VIDEO: Man United ooze class after consoling teenage goalkeeper

Benfica's 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar was having the night of his life, until late on...

Portuguese Newspaper Makes Strange Error When Predicting Manchester United's Starting XI

​An unnamed Portuguese Newspaper made an extremely strange prediction for Manchester United's starting XI ahead of their Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday night.  Sports Journalist Stewart Gardner pointed out in a Tweet the crazy error that was made by the Portuguese Newspaper. While they were correct in their Benfica prediction, there were two stand-out mistakes in their idea of a Manchester United starting XI.  The first, and most forgivable, was their suggestion of United...

Portuguese Newspaper Makes Strange Error When Predicting Manchester United's Starting XI

​An unnamed Portuguese Newspaper made an extremely strange prediction for Manchester United's starting XI ahead of their Champions League match against Benfica on Wednesday night.  Sports Journalist Stewart Gardner pointed out in a Tweet the crazy error that was made by the Portuguese Newspaper. While they were correct in their Benfica prediction, there were two stand-out mistakes in their idea of a Manchester United starting XI.  The first, and most forgivable, was their suggestion of United...

Romelu Lukaku shows a touch of class as Manchester United striker consoles Benfica 'keeper

Romelu Lukaku shows a touch of class as Manchester United striker consoles Benfica 'keeper

Romelu Lukaku shows a touch of class as Manchester United striker consoles Benfica 'keeper

Romelu Lukaku shows a touch of class as Manchester United striker consoles Benfica 'keeper

Manchester United star Nemanja Matic reveals Jose Mourinho planned to target Benfica's young goalkeeper all along

Manchester United star Nemanja Matic reveals Jose Mourinho planned to target Benfica's young goalkeeper all along

Manchester United star Nemanja Matic reveals Jose Mourinho planned to target Benfica's young goalkeeper all along

Manchester United star Nemanja Matic reveals Jose Mourinho planned to target Benfica's young goalkeeper all along

Champions League - S.L. Benfica vs Manchester United

Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action with Benfica's Pizzi and Eduardo Salvio. Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

Manchester United players console Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar as Jose Mourinho reveals they forced error

Manchester United players console Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar as Jose Mourinho reveals they forced error

Manchester United players console Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar as Jose Mourinho reveals they forced error

Manchester United players console Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar as Jose Mourinho reveals they forced error

Manchester United players console Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar as Jose Mourinho reveals they forced error

Mile Svilar fronts up after costly error hands Manchester United win at Benfica

Mile Svilar fronts up after costly error hands Manchester United win at Benfica

VIDEO: Man Utd Players Console 18-Year-Old Benfica Goalkeeper After Error Gifts Win

​Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was seen consoling distraught fellow Belgian Mile Svilar on Wednesday night after the 18-year-old goalkeeper's mistake in collecting a Marcus Rashford free-kick was the sole difference during the club's clash with Benfica. The only goal of the Champions League game came when Svilar accidentally carried Rashford's 64th minute effort over the line, handing United an advantage they never relinquished. Svilar, who arrived in Portugal from Belgium during the...

VIDEO: Man Utd Players Console 18-Year-Old Benfica Goalkeeper After Error Gifts Win

​Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was seen consoling distraught fellow Belgian Mile Svilar on Wednesday night after the 18-year-old goalkeeper's mistake in collecting a Marcus Rashford free-kick was the sole difference during the club's clash with Benfica. The only goal of the Champions League game came when Svilar accidentally carried Rashford's 64th minute effort over the line, handing United an advantage they never relinquished. Svilar, who arrived in Portugal from Belgium during the...

VIDEO: Man Utd Players Console 18-Year-Old Benfica Goalkeeper After Error Gifts Win

​Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku was seen consoling distraught fellow Belgian Mile Svilar on Wednesday night after the 18-year-old goalkeeper's mistake in collecting a Marcus Rashford free-kick was the sole difference during the club's clash with Benfica. The only goal of the Champions League game came when Svilar accidentally carried Rashford's 64th minute effort over the line, handing United an advantage they never relinquished. Svilar, who arrived in Portugal from Belgium during the...

Lukaku consoles Benfica youngster Svilar after positioning howler

The Manchester United striker was seen hugging his fellow Belgian after the youngster made a crucial mistake in their Champions League clash

Lukaku consoles Benfica youngster Svilar after positioning howler

Lukaku consoles Benfica youngster Svilar after positioning howler

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (3L) celebrates his goal during their Champions League match against Benfica in Lisbon on Ocotber 18, 2017

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (3L) celebrates his goal during their Champions League match against Benfica in Lisbon on Ocotber 18, 2017 (AFP Photo/Patricia DE MELO MOREIRA)

Benfica's goalkeeper Mile Svilar became the youngest goalkeeper to start a Champions League game aged just 18 years and 52 days on October 18, 2017

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (3L) celebrates his goal during their Champions League match against Benfica in Lisbon on Ocotber 18, 2017

Benfica's goalkeeper Mile Svilar became the youngest goalkeeper to start a Champions League game aged just 18 years and 52 days on October 18, 2017

Benfica's goalkeeper Mile Svilar became the youngest goalkeeper to start a Champions League game aged just 18 years and 52 days on October 18, 2017 (AFP Photo/Patricia DE MELO MOREIRA)

Benfica's Mile Svilar won't forget his Champions League debut against Man United aged 18y 52d.

Benfica's Mile Svilar won't forget his Champions League debut against Man United aged 18y 52d.

Rashford preys on Benfica keeper’s error for Manchester United winner

Rashford preys on Benfica keeper’s error for Manchester United winner

Benfica’s 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar, right, protests that the ball has not crossed the line but the goal was given to hand Manchester United a 1-0 victory in the Champions League.

Rashford preys on Benfica keeper’s error for Manchester United winner

Jose Mourinho sees only positives in defence as Man Utd manager launches attack on 'cry-baby' counterparts 

Jose Mourinho defended Manchester United’s tactics after they edged closer to the knockout stages. Having been criticised for the defensive display in the 0-0 draw at Anfield last weekend, United were again far from their swashbuckling best, but Mourinho said: “We’ve played 12 matches – 10 victories, two draws, nine clean sheets. We’re not bad. “We were the team that was positive and we were always in control. I never felt that we could concede a goal, we were very solid defensively – sometimes I feel that to be good defensively is a crime but it is not a crime. To be good defensively is one step to get results. “We knew the Benfica pressure could not stay for 90 minutes. The amazing defensive work Liverpool did against us, Benfica could not do that for the whole game. Without any pressure, we knew the goal would arrive.” United were without midfielders Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick, defenders Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Mourinho, in a perceived dig at some of his rival Premier League managers, said: “I never speak about injuries. “Other managers cry and cry and cry – I don’t cry. The way to do it is ignore the players who are injured, to give confidence to the players are available. I can cry for the next five minutes if you like. We don’t have Zlatan, Pogba, Fellaini, Marcos Rojo.” Who will win the Champions League? Mourinho’s injury woes could have worsened, though, with Rashford being forced off 15 minutes from time.  “I thought it was cramps because he was running so much,” Mourinho said. “I thought it was about muscular fatigue, but he felt something in his knee, but to me it doesn’t look a big thing.” Rashford’s free kick came from a blunder by Benfica No 1 Mile Svilar, who, at 18 years and 52 days, became the youngest goalkeeper to play in the Champions League and Mourinho revealed he had told his players to target the youngster. "Sometimes I feel to be good defensively is a crime... but it isn't a crime." 9 clean sheets already �� Jose Mourinho with @DesKellyBTS �� pic.twitter.com/5Cfwmmdlvm— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 18, 2017 “I knew how good the goalkeeper was, I told the players that,” he said. “We had a little bit of a strategy, especially on set-pieces to make him uncomfortable. He risks a lot, but only top keepers do that. He was unlucky for the goal.” Nemanja Matic also revealed how the the United players had acted on Mourinho’s instructions. “The manager said to us to try and shoot and get some crosses towards their goalkeeper because he was young and playing his first game,” Matic said.

Antonio Conte hits out at Jose Mourinho saying manager needs to think about Man Utd, not Chelsea

Antonio Conte has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s claim that other managers moan and cry about injuries by telling the Portuguese to concentrate on Manchester United and not Chelsea. Head coach Conte bemoaned Chelsea’s injury list ahead of their Champions League draw against Roma and revealed that David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko had also suffered fitness problems against the Italians. Following Manchester United’s Champions League victory over Benfica, Mourinho said: “I never speak about injuries. Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when a player is injured. “If I wanted to moan I could cry like the others for five minutes; Ibrahimovic, Fellaini, Pogba, Rojo [injured].” Asked about Mourinho’s comments, a visibly angry Conte said: “But do you think it was for me? If he is speaking about me, I think he has to think about his team and start looking at himself, not others. I think that a lot of time Mourinho has to see what happened at Chelsea. A lot of time, also last season. He has to think about his team.” Conte had Mourinho were involved in a bust-up during Chelsea’s victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last season, when Mourinho accused the Italian of trying to humiliate him in front of his old fans. Mourinho (left) clashed with his Chelsea counterpart Conte at Stamford Bridge last season Credit: Rex Features It seems the bad blood has carried into this season, with Conte and Mourinho set to meet again when Chelsea entertain United on Nov 5. Rather than trying to blame injuries for Chelsea throwing away a two-goal lead to trail against Roma before securing a 3-3 draw, Conte insisted the below-par performance was his responsibility. Conte moved Luiz into midfield and sacrificed one his forwards, but the 48-year-old said: “I like to be honest and, for sure, I didn't like the type of football that we did for a long part of the game. “But it's right to take the responsibility for this because I tried, on the one hand, to protect my team and make us more solid, and to move Luiz into central midfield. “But, on the other hand, we lost totally our knowledge and style of football. I didn't like this. At the end I think the result was fair but, in the first half, we were 2-0 up. But we weren't in control of the game. David Luiz was taken off in the second half Credit: PA “It's right to take the responsibility for this, but I repeat, sometimes, you have to find the right solution to try to protect your team. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad. But you know very well our situation. It was good to draw because Roma deserved this result. I have to praise my players because they showed me big effort, big commitment tonight, otherwise we'd have lost the game.” On the decision to take off Luiz in the second half, Conte added: “After the first half, the doctor told me that Luiz had a pain in his calf and the same for Bakayoko in his groin. I think it was a good decision to try to protect him. Also because, I repeat, in this moment it's very important to protect the players. Then I changed the system and I preferred to change.” Captain Gary Cahill ended the game with a bandage wrapped around his head, but Conte insisted the defender’s injury was not serious.

Antonio Conte hits out at Jose Mourinho saying manager needs to think about Man Utd, not Chelsea

Antonio Conte has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s claim that other managers moan and cry about injuries by telling the Portuguese to concentrate on Manchester United and not Chelsea. Head coach Conte bemoaned Chelsea’s injury list ahead of their Champions League draw against Roma and revealed that David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko had also suffered fitness problems against the Italians. Following Manchester United’s Champions League victory over Benfica, Mourinho said: “I never speak about injuries. Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when a player is injured. “If I wanted to moan I could cry like the others for five minutes; Ibrahimovic, Fellaini, Pogba, Rojo [injured].” Asked about Mourinho’s comments, a visibly angry Conte said: “But do you think it was for me? If he is speaking about me, I think he has to think about his team and start looking at himself, not others. I think that a lot of time Mourinho has to see what happened at Chelsea. A lot of time, also last season. He has to think about his team.” Conte had Mourinho were involved in a bust-up during Chelsea’s victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last season, when Mourinho accused the Italian of trying to humiliate him in front of his old fans. Mourinho (left) clashed with his Chelsea counterpart Conte at Stamford Bridge last season Credit: Rex Features It seems the bad blood has carried into this season, with Conte and Mourinho set to meet again when Chelsea entertain United on Nov 5. Rather than trying to blame injuries for Chelsea throwing away a two-goal lead to trail against Roma before securing a 3-3 draw, Conte insisted the below-par performance was his responsibility. Conte moved Luiz into midfield and sacrificed one his forwards, but the 48-year-old said: “I like to be honest and, for sure, I didn't like the type of football that we did for a long part of the game. “But it's right to take the responsibility for this because I tried, on the one hand, to protect my team and make us more solid, and to move Luiz into central midfield. “But, on the other hand, we lost totally our knowledge and style of football. I didn't like this. At the end I think the result was fair but, in the first half, we were 2-0 up. But we weren't in control of the game. David Luiz was taken off in the second half Credit: PA “It's right to take the responsibility for this, but I repeat, sometimes, you have to find the right solution to try to protect your team. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad. But you know very well our situation. It was good to draw because Roma deserved this result. I have to praise my players because they showed me big effort, big commitment tonight, otherwise we'd have lost the game.” On the decision to take off Luiz in the second half, Conte added: “After the first half, the doctor told me that Luiz had a pain in his calf and the same for Bakayoko in his groin. I think it was a good decision to try to protect him. Also because, I repeat, in this moment it's very important to protect the players. Then I changed the system and I preferred to change.” Captain Gary Cahill ended the game with a bandage wrapped around his head, but Conte insisted the defender’s injury was not serious.

Antonio Conte hits out at Jose Mourinho saying manager needs to think about Man Utd, not Chelsea

Antonio Conte has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s claim that other managers moan and cry about injuries by telling the Portuguese to concentrate on Manchester United and not Chelsea. Head coach Conte bemoaned Chelsea’s injury list ahead of their Champions League draw against Roma and revealed that David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko had also suffered fitness problems against the Italians. Following Manchester United’s Champions League victory over Benfica, Mourinho said: “I never speak about injuries. Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when a player is injured. “If I wanted to moan I could cry like the others for five minutes; Ibrahimovic, Fellaini, Pogba, Rojo [injured].” Asked about Mourinho’s comments, a visibly angry Conte said: “But do you think it was for me? If he is speaking about me, I think he has to think about his team and start looking at himself, not others. I think that a lot of time Mourinho has to see what happened at Chelsea. A lot of time, also last season. He has to think about his team.” Conte had Mourinho were involved in a bust-up during Chelsea’s victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last season, when Mourinho accused the Italian of trying to humiliate him in front of his old fans. Mourinho (left) clashed with his Chelsea counterpart Conte at Stamford Bridge last season Credit: Rex Features It seems the bad blood has carried into this season, with Conte and Mourinho set to meet again when Chelsea entertain United on Nov 5. Rather than trying to blame injuries for Chelsea throwing away a two-goal lead to trail against Roma before securing a 3-3 draw, Conte insisted the below-par performance was his responsibility. Conte moved Luiz into midfield and sacrificed one his forwards, but the 48-year-old said: “I like to be honest and, for sure, I didn't like the type of football that we did for a long part of the game. “But it's right to take the responsibility for this because I tried, on the one hand, to protect my team and make us more solid, and to move Luiz into central midfield. “But, on the other hand, we lost totally our knowledge and style of football. I didn't like this. At the end I think the result was fair but, in the first half, we were 2-0 up. But we weren't in control of the game. David Luiz was taken off in the second half Credit: PA “It's right to take the responsibility for this, but I repeat, sometimes, you have to find the right solution to try to protect your team. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad. But you know very well our situation. It was good to draw because Roma deserved this result. I have to praise my players because they showed me big effort, big commitment tonight, otherwise we'd have lost the game.” On the decision to take off Luiz in the second half, Conte added: “After the first half, the doctor told me that Luiz had a pain in his calf and the same for Bakayoko in his groin. I think it was a good decision to try to protect him. Also because, I repeat, in this moment it's very important to protect the players. Then I changed the system and I preferred to change.” Captain Gary Cahill ended the game with a bandage wrapped around his head, but Conte insisted the defender’s injury was not serious.

Mourinho prepared for 18-year-old Svilar: 'We knew he risks a lot'

The Benfica goalkeeper endured a nightmare Champions League debut, and the Manchester United manager says he was aware of the teenager's weaknesses

Mourinho prepared for 18-year-old Svilar: 'We knew he risks a lot'

The Benfica goalkeeper endured a nightmare Champions League debut, and the Manchester United manager says he was aware of the teenager's weaknesses

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