Stakes Raised For the Mourinho-Conte Feud in the Cup Showdown: Conte’s need is the more significant. Having missed out on Champions League football for next season. Many are expecting the Wembley showpiece to be Italian’s final match in charge at Stamford Bridge, regardless of the outcome.
Stakes Raised For the Mourinho-Conte Feud in the Cup Showdown
If it is, nothing will give Conte more joy than bowing out by winning a cup competition for the first time as a coach by beating the man with whom he has clashing most regularly and bitterly since arriving in England.
Conte labeled Mourinho a little man and fake at the peak of the spat in December.
Days earlier, Mourinho has appearing to allude to a suspension giving to Conte for allegedly failing to report match-fixing when coaching at Siena.
Conte later wins an appeal, clears him of any wrongdoing in the case.
The root of their feud comes from Conte’s success in his first campaign at Chelsea, just a season after Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge which is ends in Portuguese sacked having won only four of Chelsea’s first 16 league games of the year 2015.
In his first return as a visiting manager, Mourinho protested at what he perceived as Conte’s humiliating celebrations in a 4-0 victory for the Blues over United.
Conte then warns his players at the start of this season not to let their standards slip to the levels of the last season with Mourinho.
In hindsight, the Italian was right to warn against complacency as Chelsea have fallen well short of the form they showed in storming to the title last season.
A fifth-place finishing in the Premier League was confirmed when they are capitulating 3-0 to the Newcastle on the final day of the season on Sunday.
To finish fifth is a big disappointment. How damaging is it not to be in the Champions League?
You will have to ask the club about that, Conte says, only intensifying speculation on the coming future.
If we were playing like this in the FA Cup final, we don’t have a chance.
We have six days to change our approach, desire, and will to fight because we can do much better.
Mourinho has at least ensured Champions League qualification for next season via a second-place finish in the Premier League.
However, a record of a 19-point gap to champions Manchester City and a profoundly disappoints.
Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla means the Portuguese are also leave to hanging on until the final game of the season to deliver a trophy that will silence some of the critics of United’s often turgid performances, which it lacks in inventions and flair display by rivals City and Champions League finalists Liverpool.
Because I almost do that all time to win a trophy, when I don’t do it, you the media kill me, says Mourinho on the prospect of going without an award in his second season at Old Trafford.
That is what you are all ready to do.
To do so, Mourinho must shake United out of their end-of-season slumber — the Red Devils have scored just once in their past three games.
Whether Mourinho can close the gap on City next season will depend on his ability to finally get the best out of his attacking talent, notably marquee signings Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
Starting that process with a trophy on Saturday would be a strong statement of intent from United, and give Mourinho the other satisfaction of showing Conte how short-lived life as Chelsea manager under ruthless Russian Owner Roman Abramovich can be.
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