Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was on Thursday, February 13 offered a Manchester United shirt which was signed by his rival Jose Mourinho. It's subsided and quieted for now, but with Chelsea and Manchester United set to clash again 10 days from now in a Premier League fixture, this individual rivalry will be back in the news again soon.
Conte had already spoken of plans to rotate his team ahead of a demanding schedule in which they next play Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City when the comedian from Italia 1 satire Le Iene rose from his seat. Corti added, "This is a present for you".
The video was not visible to the assembled media, only to Conte and the Chelsea press officer.
"Antonioooo, we sent you a messenger". A present for you from your brand new friend, Jose Mourinho. Look at what he has written on the present he sent out for you..."Your friend, Jose", the Italian pranksters said in the video.
Assuming that we also want to save the likes of N'Golo Kanté, Eden Hazard, and César Azpilicueta for the Barcelona match on Tuesday - we do have three full days of rest between the two games, but a full week of rest is better still! - the rest of the lineup is a question of how much can Conte trust the youth like Callum Hudson-Odoi and perhaps even Trevoh Chalobah (who can also play both defense and midfield) and who draws the short-stick of possibly having to play both this match and the Barcelona match. Come on, Antonio.you will be friends forever!
"Can you promise us that next time you play against him you will share a sign of peace?"
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Corti presented a tablet and asked the Blues boss to answer a question. "Long live friendship.shall I leave it for you?"
Conte didn't seem to amused by the whole scene.
Conte replied: "No, you can take it with you".
When previewing Chelsea's home leg against Barcelona, to be played next Tuesday, Keane had said: 'These Chelsea lads are so unprofessional.
Sources told ESPN FC that Chelsea were unfamiliar with Corti's identity as a prankster and his intentions when he was accredited for the press conference.