Don't write them off for the return leg in Barcelona but Conte is struggling for manpower and is being forced to use Eden Hazard as a striker. [Conte is a] very good manager and they are a fantastic team, and that's what is important for me. The Red Devils have sat comfortably second in the league for so long but with games coming in thick and fast, United need to find a way to up their gear and sustain that level on a more consistent basis, to be where they want to be, come the end of the season. Having lost only once this season, they're looking to secure the Premier League title soon. Mourinho's side were at once so easy to get at, but also so out of ideas. It could well be a sign of a wider deterioration in the relationship between the two.
As Jose Mourinho collected his things, he couldn't help letting go one last little dig. He has four shots on target and zero goals in six matches against the other top-six sides.
Conte admitted last summer selling the player was a 'big loss' for the champions.
"A winning mentality is about the way you prepare the game, your commitment during training sessions, always at 100% and to have good behaviour with your coach, team-mates, fans, the opponents. this is a winning mentality". They Blues may consider themselves unfortunate not to have won the game as Willian twice hit the post, while Barcelona's goal stemmed from a mistake by defender Andreas Christensen. He looks exposed when he is selected as one of a midfield pairing and appears to be almost devoid of defensive instincts at times.
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He added: "I think he had a very positive game for us and some details are details".
Elsewhere, Eric Bailly could make his first start since November after recovering from a serious ankle injury.
"I told you before I'm not going to speak about it. Not at all", the Portuguese said. "Both said something in the past, but we stop", said Conte. It was a drop-off in performance that raised much bigger concerns. He was part of a rotation in the center of the park that included stars such as Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio.
Just 24 hours after Kante's unfussy but top-class display, Pogba had his tracksuit on for the start of United's clash with Seville.
Mourinho has since challenged Pogba to earn his trust following the fall out.
But does that change anything? That could be seen in how they didn't continue to collapse after consecutive three-goal defeats to Bournemouth and Watford.