The Spaniard backed his manager’s actions as harmless but believes the Manchester United boss’s reaction had been just in the heat of the moment after a landslide loss
Pedro has defended Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after criticism from Jose Mourinho following Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
However, Pedro insists Conte never meant any harm or insult towards United, and was simply focused on saluting the fans.
“Mourinho’s reaction was out of context. Conte was not making humiliating gestures or jeering,” Pedro told Cadena Ser.
“He was only cheering on the fans because we had played a great game and he wanted the supporters to sing in order to help us finish the game in the best possible way.
“I don’t know if Mou considered it a lack of respect or a provocation but that was not Conte’s intention.
“Conte just wanted to thank the fans for the support. The fans were incredible.
“There was a touchline spat between the two coaches at the end of the game but I reiterate that there was no bad intention from Conte.
“We all know how Mou is and the comments he makes. But he is a great coach and I can attest to that. Perhaps the defeat was tough on him.”