Antonio Conte Explains Why He Refused To Shake Hands With Jose Mourinho

Well, kind of

It's bad enough conceding any kind of goal against your title rivals, but an unmarked header is probably the most infuriating.

Couple that with the fact that it was Mourinho's former club, and you've got the makings of a bad weekend for the Manchester United manager.

Alvaro Morata helped Chelsea to an important 1-0 win over Mourinho's team on Sunday. To make matters worse, the striker was linked to United over the summer, but Mourinho opted for misfiring Romelu Lukaku instead.

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Taking that all into account, it wouldn't have been a big surprise to see Mourinho skip handshakes and skulk off into the tunnel come the final whistle.

But as it turns out, it was Antonio Conte who gave his counterpart the post-game swerve.

Asked why he decided to avoid his rival, Conte was less than forthcoming.

"It's not important. It's important to win the game. You have to have the respect on the pitch, not outside the pitch," Conte told Sky Sports.

For his part, Mourinho said that Conte "disappeared" at the final whistle.

"He disappeared. I shook the hand of his assistant which is basically the same thing."

Watch the interview below: