Antonio Conte takes a dig at Jose Mourinho regarding high standards

Antonio Conte, who won Scudetto for Inter Milan, takes a dig at former Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho regarding high standards.

Antonio Conte-Romelu Lukaku-Lautaro Martinez-Inter Milan-Serie A
Antonio Conte-Romelu Lukaku-Lautaro Martinez-Inter Milan-Serie A | Photo Credit: IMAGO

The Italian boss has taken a shot at Mourinho, who is set to take over at AS Roma.

Antonio Conte looks to have reprised his rivalry with Jose Mourinho after a thin-veiled dig.

Both the managers were known for their war of words during their spells in England, and the most notorious one was Conte calling Mourinho “demenza senile.”

Now, Conte has thrown shades yet again on Mourinho, who is set to become the manager of AS Roma next season.

Conte said: “Some people squeeze every last drop out of their players, leaving behind top players that have given absolutely everything and have nothing left in the tank.”

The Italian boss, who left Inter Milan recently after winning the Scudetto, had been touted as the prime candidate to replace Mourinho at Spurs before talks fell through with chairman Dani Levy.

Conte decided to leave Nerazzurii after being left frustrated with the club’s plans to sell players to generate more funds as the Italian felt Inter can compete at the top level only with new signings in the transfer window.

It also could be the reason for him to abandon the talks with Spurs as Conte revealed that he wouldn’t take any job at the club that doesn’t share his vision. Perhaps, the Italian boss left Chelsea as a result of a fallout with the board.

“In general, I like challenges, and I have shown that I have always accepted a lot of them because even the big clubs I had never started as favourites when I took them.” 

“But if there is something that does not convince me, I prefer not to accept or continue beyond any proposed engagement.”

“I would have accepted compromises and maybe even signed a new deal to become a ‘gold-plated lightning rod’. Yet, I’m willing to sit at home if I’m not convinced by the club’s plans.

“It’s all about vision, professionalism, integrity and principles that are non-negotiable.”