Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho tried to cool his ongoing feud with Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, but acknowledged having "contempt" for the Italian.
Mourinho and Conte go tit-for-tat
The pair's war of words began when Mourinho seemingly labelled some of his contemporaries – without naming any individuals – "clowns" for their behaviour on the touchline, to which Conte suggested the Portuguese coach was referring to himself.
Mourinho responded with another barb relating to the Italian's four-month ban for failing to report alleged match fixing – of which he was later acquitted – while at Siena in 2011, saying "what never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match fixing".
Conte then branded the United boss a "little man" and Mourinho, while refraining from retaliating again, made his opinion of the Chelsea head coach clear.
"Contempt means end of story"
Speaking at a news conference ahead of Monday's visit of Stoke City, Mourinho said: "I think when a person insults another you can expect a response, or you can expect contempt.
"The first time he insulted me I had response, a response that I know touched the point where he really feels hurt.
"Then he insults me for a second time, but now I change and now contempt [is there]. And for me, contempt means end of the story."