"I didn't think they would get to this point".
Asked if he could understand Chelsea supporters' confusion at their club's failure to make a bigger play to sign Sanchez, Conte replied: "I don't know".
Conte hit back by accusing the Manchester United boss of hypocrisy, suggesting that Mourinho had forgotten that he has raucously celebrated goals and wins before.
Herein lies the problem for Chelsea, as the Bianconeri will be keeping a firm grasp on their Coach, unwilling to allow him to leave for England.
"I think when a person insults another, you can expect a response or you can expect contempt, silence", Mourinho said.
On January 6, Mourinho made reference to the Chelsea manager's four-month ban for failing to report alleged match-fixing while head coach of Siena during the 2010-11 season. I reckon the home side will end up playing a lot of their football in and around The Toffees box, and I just have a feeling that this pressure will end up in the visitors conceding a penalty.
Neither boss divulged what was said but Conte told Sky Italia: "I've been a player too and I know how to behave".
Certainly, Ross Barkley has the attacking ability to have a positive impact at Chelsea but he's never been prolific, or consistent, so it would be asking a lot for the recent arrival from Everton to come in and immediately lift Conte's struggling side.
Conte branded Mourinho a "little man" after Chelsea's goalless FA Cup third-round draw at Norwich on Saturday.
The visit of mid-table Leicester presents Conte with an ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways and also for Morata to rediscover his scoring touch. "He used serious words", Conte said.
Conte is not the first to suffer Mourinho's ire.
Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is not being considered despite his availability since he was sacked by Bayern Munich.
He said: "I must be honest".
Given the fact that Mourinho is the most successful manager in Chelsea's history and Conte then turned up and won a title in his first season, with largely the same squad Mourinho had heading into a relegation battle in 2015-16, the subplots are numerous. Managers traditionally shake hands at the end of games.
- A traditional drama in the best sense of the word
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