Chelsea boss Antonio Conte refuses to be drawn on Jose Mourinho’s ‘defensive’ jibe

Antonio Conte has refused to be drawn on Jose Mourinho’s claim that Chelsea win by being defensive.

The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Burnley on Sunday but actually extended their lead at the top of the league to 10 points.

Mourinho appeared to aim a dig at Conte’s side after Manchester United beat Watford 2-0 on Saturday

when he said: ‘Chelsea are a very good defensive team.

‘They defend very well and with lots of players and I think in this situation a very defensive team wins the title with counter-attack goals and set pieces goals so

I don’t think they will let it slip but football is football.’

But when asked about the accusations from Mourinho that Chelsea win by adopting defensive tactics, Conte said: ‘Yeah [I heard it], but I don’t like to reply to other coaches.

‘I don’t like this jokey play. I have a bit of experience about this.’

The Blues were unable to seal their 20th league win of the season at Turf Moor despite taking the lead through Pedro.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte responds to Jose Mourinho’s ‘defensive’ jibe

Burnley’s equaliser came through Robbie Brady – the forward beat Thibaut Courtois from long-range with a superb free-kick.

And the Republic of Ireland international hailed his side’s determination to trouble the league leaders.

‘The lads were excellent, it shows what we are about. It’s a great point,’ he said. ‘I’m just lucky that it went in [the free-kick], it managed to get us a point so it’s fantastic.’

Defender Michael Keane, who impressed against Chelsea, added: ‘Chelsea came out strong but we didn’t let that affect us.

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