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Man tries to give Chelsea manager Antonio Conte a Jose Mourinho-signed Manchester United jersey at press meet

The man approached Conte at the front of the room on Thursday and spent around 30 seconds unchallenged while showing the Italian something on a tablet device.

Reported by: AP , New Delhi [ Published on: February 16, 2018 13:28 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES A file image of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

A man at a Chelsea news conference has attempted to hand manager Antonio Conte a Manchester United jersey.

The man approached Conte at the front of the room on Thursday and spent around 30 seconds unchallenged while showing the Italian something on a tablet device.

The man then picked up a United jersey from his seat with "Antonio Conte 1" on the back. He claimed it was a present from Jose Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager who leads United.

Meanwhile, Antonio Conte received vocal backing from Chelsea supporters during a 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Monday that eased pressure building on the manager after back-to-back Premier League losses.

Eden Hazard scored twice, either side of Victor Moses' strike, as Chelsea returned to fourth place and West Brom remained stranded at the bottom, seven points from safety.

Securing Champions League qualification is now the priority for Chelsea with any prospect of successfully defending the title evaporating long ago with leader Manchester City 19 points ahead of the champions.

Chants of "Antonio, Antonio" rang around Stamford Bridge, reflecting a desire from sections of the fan base for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to resist dismissing Conte before the end of his second season.

It still seems unlikely - given the constant grumbles about his limited control of transfer policy - that Conte will be in charge for a third campaign with the west London club.

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