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Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte end feud: Chelsea boss makes HUGE admission

JOSE MOURINHO and Antonio Conte ended their long-running feud at Old Trafford yesterday on an afternoon which left the Chelsea manager admitting his team is struggling to finish in the top four this season.

The 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, secured by goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard, left the defending Premier League champions out of the top four and their manager criticising his team for their lack of experience and maturity.

But at least the meeting between Chelsea managers past and present saw an end to their long-running dispute as they warmly shook hands before and after the game.

Mourinho said: “The handshake doesn’t need any words. I think that’s what me and Antonio want to show to everyone. And the handshake before and after the match is an example that everything in football you have to move on and you have to respect each other.

“Mourinho and Conte are not two ordinary people in football, we have a history and an image and we have to be happy with that.”

Conte also confirmed he was happy to make a public show of two giants of the game making peace not war.

“I think that you wanted to see the shaking hands and we did at least. Stop. It’s over,” he said.

The Chelsea boss had more pressing matters after a seventh defeat of the league campaign left the Blues in a bitter fight with United, Spurs and Liverpool for the three Champions League places behind Manchester City.

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“Of course we are disappointed,” he said. “We must be disappointed after the start we had, a team today who had every chance to get three points towards a place in the Champions League.

“But again we are talking about another defeat and we must be disappointed because when you have this type of situation you have to manage the game better and you must be able with experience and maturity to get three points. But instead another time we are talking about a loss and you must be very disappointed with this.

“This could be our position to miss out. I’m repeating the same thing many many times – in this league to find a place in Champions League is not simple. It is not easy because in this country it is the only championship where you can find six teams at the start to fight for four places.”

Source: www.express.co.uk

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