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Remember how wound up Mourinho got when he was Chelsea manager? "In the past, he was a little man in many circumstances, he's a little man in the present and for sure he will be a little man in the future".

'It is the Chelsea jersey that makes managers nervous.

It wasn't just Thibaut Courtois and Antonio Conte that noticed the poor finishing.

Chelsea sensing that Conte won't stay at the club for long have already agreed terms with Massimiliano Allegri, who has enjoyed great success at Juventus.

In addition to articulating the polarizing power of the Chelsea brand/crest, Capello also said that he's surprised by how far this back and forth has been taken.

"They're completely out of their minds", said former Real Madrid manager Capello, now coaching in China with Jiangsu Suning.

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N'Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas are also expected to retain their places in midfield but if Conte goes with three-men in the middle of the park then I think we'll see Tiemoue Bakayoko come in for Danny Drinkwater. "Maybe once again he just wants to divert the attention from his team".

Asked if the League Managers' Association (LMA) should now step in to try to fix the damage between Conte and Mourinho, the Chelsea boss said: "I think it's not important, the association, you understand". But confronting Mourinho is very risky. "If there is a possibility to find a good solution to improve the squad I think the club knows very well my opinion".

Asked when Barkley would be ready for action, Conte continued: "I don't know, it's very hard to say now".

Blaming the conflict on personal issues rather than professional, Conte said to BBC Sport: "This is not a problem from the club, it is a problem between me and him".

"In the end, they're bound to build a decent side".

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