Antonio Conte believes Chelsea fans can learn a thing or two from Manchester United supporters.
Despite Chelsea’s 4-0 demolition of Man United on Sunday, the United faithful were noisy as ever at Stamford Bridge, something Conte wants Blues’ fans to emulate.
There was a flash point at the final whistle when the two managers shook hands, Jose Mourinho made his displeasure known as he felt the Italian’s efforts to fire up the home support was humiliating.
However, the Chelsea boss has clarified the intentions behind his behaviour while talking to Sky Sports Italia.
“I was a football player, so I know how to behave on the pitch,” said Conte.
“There were United fans who kept singing, while ours were in silence after a great performance from my team. I wanted to call the crowd to applaud the players, which seems normal enough to me.
“I have great respect for everyone. Nothing happened with Jose, especially as my behaviour seemed normal. I didn’t make fun of or humiliate anyone, as I always demand respect.
“Today, I think it is important to talk about the game and I say my players deserved this type of performance.”
Conte tried to fire up the home support when the Blues’ fans were quiet despite their side leading 4-0 against their rivals, while United’s away support sung along.
Sunday’s result was a nightmare for Mourinho in particular as his return to Stamford Bridge was soured by a rampant Chelsea side. While this will have dented the Portuguese’s pride, it’s crucial he puts this behind him as we face Manchester City next.