Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says his side’s 4-0 win against Manchester United in the early stages of his stint at Stamford Bridge was his turning point at the club.
The Italian spent just two years at Chelsea but he delivered the Premier League title in his debut campaign and followed it up with the FA Cup after a 1-0 win against United in his final game as boss in 2018.
However, the Inter Milan boss didn’t have the smoothest of starts in west London and he lost two of his first six matches in charge.
A demoralising 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in late September convinced Conte to move to a back three and it provided instant results, with Chelsea scoring five and not conceding in the first two games in the new system.
But the third match was their biggest test yet as Mourinho returned to the Bridge for the first time since his acrimonious departure a year earlier.
Chelsea put United to the sword with an empthatic 4-0 win that inspired them to the league title and Conte says it represented a turning point in his reign.
‘I live my job in an intense way!’ Conte told Sky Sports, after he was asked about his wild goal celebrations.
‘Sometimes I show my passion and I want to share my happiness with the fans. I had an amazing relationship with Chelsea fans.
‘That game was important for us because when you win 4-0 against a top team it’s a boost because we understood very well that we could fight to win the league.
‘This game gave us confidence and belief in ourselves and we created a fantastic relationship with our fans.’
Conte’s wild celebrations angered Mourinho and the pair exchanged words in Italian on the full time whistle.
It was the start of a rocky relationship between the pair and it continued throughout the remainder of the season when Conte called Mourinho ‘senile’ after he mocked the Italian’s hair transplant.
However, Conte had the last laugh as his Chelsea side beat United in his final game as Blues boss to win the FA Cup.
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