Jose Mourinho has continued to taunt his Chelsea counterpart, this time claiming Antonio Conte is having an easy ride as the Chelsea boss.
Jose Mourinho has taken another aim at his Chelsea counterpart, Antonio Conte, ahead of their FA Cup quarterfinal clash Monday night.
The Blues host the Red Devils in an FA Cup quarterfinal clash at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, as they sit pretty on top of the Premier League table.
But Mourinho has now taken a dig a Conte, by claiming the Italian has it easy in his first season in English football because they have no European engagements. Chelsea are
not in Europe this season, after finishing a disappointing ninth last term, with Mourinho in charge, before being sacked in December of 2015.Read also: Serie A Wrap: Juve beat Milan, but Inter and Roma also win
But the Blues are inching closer to another Premier League title, as they enjoy a 10-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table, and Mourinho believes it is because they have had no engagements in Europe this term.
“The most difficult thing to have is time to work - and they have time to work,'' he said.
“I know he said a couple of weeks ago it’s not his fault they’re not in the European competitions, it’s my fault and the players’ fault. But the reality is that he got in his hands a situation where they have time to work, time to rest, time to relax, time to disconnect. They have time to travel, time to have holidays, time to go to America and enjoy America for a couple of days, they have time for all of these things. So they’re in a position of privilege, the same privilege that Liverpool had a couple of years ago when they almost won the Premier League.”
Mourinho takes his Manchester United side to his former club for the second time this season, after suffering a 4-0 humiliation in that Premier League match.
The United boss has also claimed that Conte had used his blueprint for success at Chelsea, one that saw him win three Premier League titles before he was sacked in his second spell.
“I don’t want to say that they don’t deserve credit for it,” Mourinho said.
“They choose a certain style of play that I think is very adapted to the qualities of these players. They defend a lot and well, and they counter-attack and kill opponents on the counter-attack, similar to my Chelsea.
“The difference is they play with five at the back and I played four at the back, but it’s the same criteria - a very strong team to defend and a team that kills on the counter-attack. They’re doing very, very well and that’s why they’re going to be champions, easily.”