Antonio Conte laments Nemanja Matic's Manchester United move

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GETTY Jose Mourinho pleased with Paul Pogba performance
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25 February, 2018

"I don't want to speak about it", Mourinho said when asked about the tension with the Italian. Now we have a tough game on Sunday and we have to turn our heads to the next target, the Premier League, and try to get as high as possible.

'Manchester United may well get through to the Champions League Quarter Finals, but they feel like a team going backwards rather than forwards at the moment.

The Manchester United vs Chelsea match up has big implications for the top four race, and that will be the big focus of today's post.

Pogba was left on the bench by Jose Mourinho for United's Champions League match against Sevilla after the midfielder previously claimed he was too sick to start last weekend's FA Cup clash at Huddersfield.

As a result, rumours have been rife about a supposed rift between Pogba and Jose Mourinho, and many papers are starting to suggest he could leave United just two seasons on from returning to the club whose academy he graduated from.

He said: "But the midfield started really well, and then when Herrera came out Paul made a big effort to go into that dynamic that we need and I think he had a positive performance".

"From now on till the end, every game is important".

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Both Tottenham and Liverpool are defending about 2 expected points for their matches that they are heavy favorites in and with wins they can put a ton of pressure on both Chelsea and Manchester United.

Chelsea are aiming to do the double over Man Utd for the fourth time in the Premier League and the first time since 2009/10 (also 2004/05 and 1993/94). He stated in his pre-match press conference that it would be better for his side on Sunday if Pogba remained on the bench, rather than influence the game on the pitch.

That "business" between United and Raiola has proved an extremely profitable enterprise for the latter in recent transfer windows. I'm very happy to be the coach of these players.

Trust is key to the United boss and he pointed to up-and-coming McTominay as an example of what he demands from players. "We have to stay compact and use the same plan as we used against Barcelona".

United have kept a total of 23 clean sheets overall this season, which is three more than any other Premier League team.

The insults freely traded beneath the multitude-of-sins covering umbrella of "mind games" only a few weeks ago ceased as Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte prepared for confrontation.


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