Antonio Conte has aimed a dig at Jose Mourinho over his complaints about Manchester United injuries.
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The Blues closed to within one points of their rivals in second with the victory, but Manchester City are threatening to pull clear after their win over Arsenal.
Despite falling further adrift of City after 11 games, Mourinho refused to rule out a title challenge with key players soon to return from injury.
The United boss said: “We are worried, but there are 18 teams more worried than us.
“Eight points in the Premier League, there is still a lot to play (for).
“I hope, I feel, I think, I wish that in the busy period of late November, December, beginning of January, I think probably we are going to be at our maximum strength, with (Paul) Pogba back, Ibra (Zlatan Ibrahimovic), Marcus Rojo back. Probably we can be on a high.”
Mourinho last month issued a veiled criticism of Conte for “crying” about injuries. Conte could not resist a retort on Sunday.
“When you have 24 players in your squad and you have one, two, three injuries, it’s not a worry,” Conte said.
“The problem is if you don’t have 23, 24 players in the squad. It’s totally different.”