Álvaro Morata's second-half header proved the decisive moment at Stamford Bridge but David Luiz, such a key player in Chelsea's Premier League title triumph last season after rejoining from Paris Saint-Germain, watched the game from behind the home dugout with Conte claiming his omission was born of shoddy recent form.
"Antonio, [technical director] Michael [Emenalo], [director] Marina [Granovskaia], all of them called me this summer and there was no chance I wasn't coming to Chelsea", the 25-year-old was reported as saying by the Independent. After Manchester City's 3-1 win against Arsenal earlier in the day the gap between the two Manchester sides now stands at eight points.
"No he disappeared", said Mourinho when asked if he had shaken Conte's hand (H/T Metro).
"Eight points in the Premier League is still a lot to play for".
"I think that I have a squad, a squad with 16 senior players and five young players and I have these players and then I have to make the best decision for the team and I try to do this". It was the Spaniard's eighth goal of the season.
The win was the ideal response to their 3-0 drubbing at Roma in the Champions League and Conte was delighted to see his players bounce back. Within two minutes of Hazard being again thwarted by De Gea, United was carved open as Morata scored.
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Stanford running back Bryce Love returned to action after suffering an ankle injury on October 14 against Oregon. They have posted a 3-4-1 record against the spread, including a 1-3-1 mark ATS on the road.
Mourinho, who complained last month that he won't "cry" about injury problems like other managers, in part blamed the loss on the absence of players like Paul Pogba.
The Portuguese manager added: "The game was controlled by us and the game was controlled by them".
Manchester City is the team to catch in the Premier League, and it's getting even more challenging.
"1-0 and three points for them".
Pep Guardiola's side moved eight points clear with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday when second-place Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea. It's the only unbeaten team in England, and with an enviable depth of talent on the field and on the bench.