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Antonio Conte explains why he was furious with Jose Mourinho

Chelsea continued their fine form against Manchester United as they won their FA Cup quarter-finals clash.

The game on Monday night saw United see red in the first-half. And a second half strike from N’Golo Kante was enough to book a semi-finals game with Tottenham.

But another moment made the headlines involving Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte. The two managers were involved in a heated exchange of words and had to be separated by the fourth official.

Speaking on the incident, Conte explained he was angered by United’s aggressive game toward Eden Hazard.

Antonio Conte explains his fight with Jose Mourinho

The Italian said: ‘My point of view is this: they’ve got to play football, and my players want to play football,’ said Conte.

‘For 20 or 25 minutes, it was impossible for Eden Hazard to play football. I see only that he got a lot of kicks.

‘But I don’t think I’m crazy and I see only him in this situation. Hazard, for 25 minutes, it was impossible for him to play football. Only kicking.

‘He started the game receiving kicks, and he finished receiving kicks. No one person can say this did not happen.

‘Was that United’s tactic? I don’t know. But this tactic, to play by going to kick the opponent, does not exist. It’s not football for me.

‘I don’t think this can be a tactic. This is the truth. Everyone saw this.”

And Conte he added: ‘I think that, for the fourth official tonight it was hard work.

‘I think he was very good to manage this situation. But, for sure, it’s (the confrontation) normal when you play these types of games and there is a good target to reach, and everyone tried to do their best for their own team.

‘I repeat: for me, the most important thing is what happens on the pitch, the football that one team or the other is trying to play. What happens on the outside, for me, is only a circus.

‘I think I controlled the emotions very well today. I didn’t celebrate our goal. I controlled the emotions very well.

‘It’s normal for me, as a coach, to try to do our best to push our team. The coaches are not important.’

Quotes via Sportsmail

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