Carlo Ancelotti can understand why Jose Mourinho reacted the way he did at the end of Manchester United’s 2-1 win against Juventus on Wednesday.
The Portuguese coach cupped his hand to his ear when the final whistle blew. It was a reaction to the taunts he had received from Juventus supporters during the encounter in Turin.
Paul Scholes accused Mourinho of showing a lack of class but in Ancelotti’s opinion, such a reaction was comprehensible given the insults thrown his way.
“His reaction is understandable because it wasn't a vulgar thing to do, it was more ironic,” the Napoli boss said on Friday.
"When you are being insulted for 90 minutes it can happen."
Mourinho’s actions angered Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci, who immediately approached the 55-year-old on the pitch.
And Bonucci was joined by Paulo Dybala.
Dybala's message to Mourinho
The Argentinian muttered a few words to Mourinho as the Man United boss walked back towards the tunnel, and he’s now revealed what he said.
“I just told him that there was no need to make that gesture,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.
“There was no need to create more tension than there already was, sometimes you get insulted and it’s bad, but to create more tension than there already is…
“I told him there was no need, I didn’t insult him. I just told him that and left.”
Dybala’s frustrations were understandable.
The Old Lady had just surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1, despite barely facing much of a threat from the Red Devils during the 90 minutes.
Juventus still sit top of Group H but they missed an opportunity to secure their place in the knockout stage.
“I’m not worried, but we need to be more precise and accurate in the final third,” Juve boss Max Allegri said after watching his side score just once from 23 shots.
“I think we conceded too many free-kicks which is something we need to improve on.”