Conte rejects Mourinho comparisons

The Italian insists he is not trying to replicate the Chelsea manager’s tactics in defending his teams fiercely against any criticism they may receive
Juventus boss Antonio Conte has rejected claims he is trying to imitate Jose Mourinho’s style by creating a siege mentality within his squad.

Ahead of Sunday’s match against AC Milan, the coach had staunchly defended his side’s performances and said he was unhappy with the way they were being targeted after drawing their opening two Champions League games.

And after beating the San Siro outfit 3-2 in a thrilling encounter, Conte repeated his stance, defending his side’s recent displays and attacking their recent critics.

However, when he was directly asked if he was trying to follow the approach of ‘The Special One, who also clashed with the Italian press during his time at Inter, the Juve coach was unimpressed.

“I said certain things even before Mourinho arrived in Italy,” said Conte.

“At Siena I was angry with everyone, because we were in second place and still they complained. I am not inspired by anyone, as I simply say what I feel.”

Conte explained his belief that critics should look at the bigger picture when analysing his side rather than producing knee-jerk reactions to every result.

He continued: “I thought I had made an inspired substitution against Galatasaray on Wednesday, but then we conceded the equaliser and everyone said I had made terrible decisions…

“It is all based on the result, whereas the evaluation of a team must go beyond that.

“I am not surprised we are being criticised as we have won for the last two years and this season will be very difficult. History proves that, as the only Juventus side to win three in a row was back in the 1930s.

“We all have to understand this - the players, staff, club and fans. We need to be very united and realise the critics will always try to destabilise us and cause problems.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play at Juventus for 13 years, so I know it is tough. After the break for international duty we have another very hard run against Fiorentina and Real Madrid.”