Jose Mourinho has appeared to criticise the tactics employed by Antonio Conte at Chelsea by suggesting the Italian is earning praise for a style he used to be lambasted for.
The Manchester United manager has earned a reputation over the years for his dogmatic approach to the game, with his defensive tactics at Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid often drawing criticism.
While his side at United are seemingly happy to play a more offensive approach – the ‘Manchester United Way’ – Mourinho couldn’t resist a cheeky little dig at Conte’s success.
Clearly frustrated, Mourinho said of the change of mentality in English football: “My team is playing very well but for many, many years in my career, especially in this country, when my teams were ruthless and phenomenal defensively, and very good in the counter attack, I listen week after week that it was not enough in spite of winning the title three times.
“It looks like this season to be phenomenal defensively and good in counter attack is art, so it was a big change in England.
“But my Manchester United, I don’t want to change the profile of our play, this is the way the fans want us to play, this is the way the club wants us to play.
“But I also don’t want to be a manager of a team who plays very well, creates a lot of chances and doesn’t win matches. We need to score goals.”
Mourinho was speaking after seeing his side put struggling champions Leicester to the sword, with a 3-0 at the King Power Stadium moving them to within two points of fourth-placed Arsenal.
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