The two Premier League bosses have traded barbs since the new year after Mourinho’s comment he did not feel the need to behave like “a clown” during games touched a nerve with Conte.
That sparked an extraordinary war of words between the pair, where Conte accused Mourinho of having “demenza senile”, which directly translates as senile dementia, prompting the United boss to hit back by appearing to allude to a four-month suspension Conte served in relation to match-fixing.
Conte, who was later cleared of any wrongdoing on that front, responded by accusing Mourinho of being “fake” and “a little man”.
On Friday, Mourinho conducted his first press conference since one of his Chelsea successor’s latest remarks.
“I think when a person insults another, you can expect a response or you can expect contempt, silence,” Mourinho said.
“The first time he insulted me I had a response, a response that I know that touched the point where he really feels hurt.
“Then he insulted me for a second time, but now I change, and now (there is) contempt and for me, contempt means end of the story.”
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The Italian head coach expressed relief that no-one was hurt in the incident earlier this month at Chelsea’s Cobham training centre.
“It was an accident, an incredible accident,” Conte said on Friday.
“I was having my lunch when this happened. The wind brought a big (piece of) glass on my car.
“If in that moment there is a person very close to my car, I don’t know what (might have) happened.”
Conte was able to laugh off the incident, saying the damage to his modest car was “the last thing” on his mind.
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Manchester United face a comfortable tie against managerless Stoke City while Arsenal travel to Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Manchester City and Liverpool go head-to-head at Anfield as Chelsea host Leicester. Tottenham entertain a stubborn Everton defence.
Here are a few pointers to guide you ahead of Gameweek 23.
Jesse Lingard was one of our picks to bring in a couple of Gameweeks ago and now it’s time to go one step further and hand the United man the captain’s armband.
The attacking midfielder has stepped up in the last month or so and Jose Mourinho’s faith in him continues to grow as a result. He’s provided returns in four of the last five GWs, managing two double-figure hauls over that period as well.
With Henrikh Mkhitaryan still struggling for form, Lingard has stepped up assumed responsibility in that attacking midfield role.
United face Stoke City at home who have sacked manager Mark Hughes and haven’t kept a clean sheet for 12 games in the league.
ROMELU LUKAKU (11.3m) hasn’t lived up to expectations and has blanked in the last four GWs but at home, against a weak Stoke defence and after being afforded a bit of a rest at long last, he must be considered.
ALVARO MORATA (10.5m) is in the same boat as the Belgian, wasting glorious opportunities of late. Despite his poor finishing, the Chelsea striker remains an intriguing option given the number of chances he gets on the end of. Facing Leicester at home, the Spaniard could finally deliver if he gets his finishing right.
MARKO ARNAUTOVIC (7.0m) is a slight doubt this weekend and that makes captaining him even more risky. He didn’t feature in West Ham’s last fixture away to Spurs but prior to that, he delivered returns in five of the previous six GWs.
LUKE SHAW | MANCHESTER UNITED | 4.9M
After being left out in the cold for so long, Mourinho has finally warmed to Luke Shaw, albeit out of necessity with Ashley Young still injured. He’s played the full ninety minutes in each of United’s last three league games, picking up two clean sheets. Not only is he a bargain at 4.9m but he also offers a differential, owned by just 0.8%.
SERGIO AGUERO | MANCHESTER CITY | 11.7M
A popular FPL mantra goes something like this – ‘If Aguero plays, Aguero scores’. It’s therefore crucial that you try to include the Argentine in your team if he’s certain to start. That hasn’t been the case for the last 18 months under Pep Guardiola but with Gabriel Jesus sidelined through injury for a while, Aguero is very much the undisputed focal point in City’s attack. Even with Liverpool away up next, you fancy him to get on the score sheet while there’s home fixtures to come against Newcastle and West Brom in the following two weeks.
DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN| EVERTON | 5.5M
The Everton forward has been a popular budget signing this season but has now failed to deliver in six of his last seven outings. With the club recruiting Cenk Tosun from Besiktas for £27m, Dominic Calvert-Lewin could well see his playing time diminished.
XHERDAN SHAQIRI | STOKE CITY | 6.0M
Owned by 5.9% of FPL teams, Xherdan Shaqiri may be a victim of his environment but the fact remains that he hasn’t delivered in the last seven GWs. Stoke are in big trouble at the moment and it may be time to drop the Swiss.
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