Antonio Conte: 'I have zero problem with Jose Mourinho'
Apr 16 2017
Fifth-placed United are four points behind Manchester City, with a game in hand, and need to finish in the top four or win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.
Paul Pogba is out to set the record straight as Manchester United prepare to take on Chelsea for a third time this season in Sunday's big showdown. In his press conference on Friday, Conte called the question about which United players would get into this Chelsea team "not a good question" and dismissed the rumors about his own future as "not news [.] just noise".
"Many coaches try to manipulate the ideas but it is not important for me".
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea after winning the Premier League title in 2014, with the club's form and league position drastically falling in the following campaign.
"We made sloppy decisions, we had sloppy touches on the ball and then we gave them opportunities to have counter-attacks".
"Forget about next season, we have enough to play for this season", the 35-year-old, out of contract in the summer, said. "The important thing for this club is to fight for titles and the only title we can win now is the Europa League".
"There is nothing I can do (about the current defensive situation)", said Mourinho.
"Of course [Chelsea] are much better prepared for the game than us".
"As a player when you want to improve you always look for the best coach and Mourinho is one of the best".
"We analyse matches, we analyse opponents but to work on the pitch, with dynamism and intensity, at this moment is impossible". "It is not a friendly game, it is a game that another team wants the three points and for this reason you fight with all your possibility to try to win". I was used to positive feedback and comments in the media but coming to United everything changed, there was negativity.
The Portuguese has spoken of the difficulty of challenging for a top-four finish while advancing in the Europa League but Conte believes top teams can sustain challenges on more than one front.