Conte arrived at Stamford Bridge as Mourinho’s permanent successor in the summer on a three-year deal.
He has enjoyed a fine start to life in the Premier League, guiding Chelsea to 12 consecutive wins and to the top of the table.
“He reminds me of Mourinho in this way, who also shares the characteristic of being very intense”
Former Manchester United striker Forlan has been impressed by Conte’s ability to create a well-drilled team but he believes the Italian is just as intense as his predecessor.
He told The National: “Very, very few teams in a top league win 12 straight games as Chelsea have done, but they impress me because they seem united as a team — which they did not a year ago.
“I know people pick out Diego Costa or Pedro or Eden Hazard, but what their coach Antonio Conte does best is create teams.
“He did it at Juventus, where they were built on a brilliant defence, with great counter-attacking ability.
“He reminds me of Mourinho in this way, who also shares the characteristic of being very intense.”
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea last December with the then-champions struggling towards the bottom of the table.
He took charge at United earlier this year but his side are sixth in the table – 13 points off Chelsea.