VIDEO: Chelsea fans have moved on from Mourinho and it’s all about Conte now, says Harris and Chivers
The Blues legends have almost 1000 appearances between them for the west London club and have spoken about how the side has moved on under a new boss
Ron “Chopper” Harris and Gary Chivers have waded into the Antonio Conte versus Jose Mourinho debate after seeing the pair become embroiled in a touchline row during a FA Cup quarter final clash between Chelsea and Manchester United.
Mourinho was taunted by a small section of Blues fans after his United team took an aggressive approach to trying to disrupt Conte’s side at Stamford Bridge – but they ultimately came unstuck when Ander Herrera was sent off for persistent fouling.
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N’Golo Kante popped up with the winner and the two legends, who made a combined total of 928 appearances for Chelsea, say Chelsea have moved on and that they have already fallen in love with Conte.
“Antonio Conte took six or seven games [to know his team],” Harris told Goal. “They got turned over by Arsenal and Liverpool. He has got one or two new faces at the back, these players seem to enjoy it.
“Give it three or four more games and they could be champions with seven or eight matches to go. If you look at [Conte] down the touchline with his antics, I think it is superb. It goes down well with the supporters.
“I would think that face-to-face, he would tell you what to do and if you don’t do it, then he would send you on your way.”
“I think he is quiet unassuming and gets on with business. It is what other manager should do. He doesn’t shout his mouth off,” Chivers added in the chat set up by ChelseaFan12.
“He is calm and collected and speaks sense after the game. He is very humble in his approach and likes his players to be humble too, I think he has been brilliant.
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Mourinho spent around five years at Chelsea spread over two spells at the club, winning seven major honours in that time, but ultimately left following a falling out with his players and with the club only one point above the relegation zone in December 2015.
Chivers thinks that Mourinho should be respected for his record at Chelsea but believes that the current Manchester United manager cannot help but cause trouble.
“He loves stirring it up,” Chivers added. “He loves being in the limelight but you can’t argue with his record. He’s got a fantastic record with what he has won, in this country and in other countries.
“Whereas Conte, I think, is a different kettle of fish. [Mourinho] is a legend but boring football.”