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Antonio Conte hits back at Mourinho's latest 'defensive' Chelsea comments

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Tonight sees Antonio Conte lock horns with Jose Mourinho once again at Stamford Bridge and revenge will be the buzzword going around the Manchester United dressing room.

A stunning 4-0 win for Chelsea in October is the last time Mourinho's men lost in the league and it made the Portuguese's first return to his former club a day to forget.

At the end of that particular encounter, the Man United boss infamously told Conte to tone down his celebrations but in fairness, the Italian has had plenty to cheer about.

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While the Red Devils remain in sixth and are scrapping to finish in the top four, Conte's side look well on their way to winning the Premier League.

And ahead of their upcoming clash in the FA Cup quarter-finals, Mourinho has reignited the rivalry with his successor at Stamford Bridge.

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In his latest comments to the press, Mourinho appeared to take a dig at Chelsea's defensive system and he thinks they heavily rely on scoring from the counter attack.

“I don’t want to say that they don’t deserve credit for it,” Mourinho said, as per The Mirror.

“They choose a certain style of play that I think is very adapted to the qualities of these players.

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“They defend a lot and well, and they counter-attack and kill opponents on the counter-attack, similar to my Chelsea.

“The difference is they play with five at the back and I played four at the back, but it’s the same criteria - a very strong team to defend and a team that kills on the counter-attack."

However, Mourinho's counter-attacking claims have been met by a fierce response from Conte.

The Chelsea manager has revealed that he doesn't prepare his team for the counter-attack but admits the players he has at his disposal are well-suited to catching the opposition off-guard.

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“I have to tell you one thing, not only here but I never, ever, ever train for the counter-attack. Never prepare for the counter-attack. Never," Conte responded, via The Mirror.

"I think the counter-attack is an option, above all if you have this type of player, players who are very, very fast. Also Costa is a counter-attacking man, and Willian and Pedro.

“Sometimes you find teams who force you to defend in your own half, and you have to know how to react in this moment.”

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So there you go Jose, the counter-attacking prowess of Conte's men is just a natural skill rather than something the Italian encourages.

But would it really matter if Conte has specifically targetted the counter-attack anyway?

At the end of the day, when the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are on form it can be difficult to prevent the Blues from scoring -regardless of their style of approach.

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