But the Italian claims he was not showing disrespect to Mourinho – and insists he will be just as passionate at West Ham despite fears over potential crowd trouble.
Conte said: “I think that everyone must show respect for me, for my work and my job. In every job, I show myself. Not here only one game.
“I have a history. You can see my past behaviour on the bench. It’s normal. I am a passionate man, I showed this on the pitch in the past.
“I want to stay very close to my players and to support them, also when we are in a situation where we are suffering. But I always show respect for the opponent and my history speaks for me.
“I want to stay close with my players, to play with them and also in situations when we are suffering. But I always show respect for the opponent and my history shows this.
“I know West Ham and Chelsea are big rivals but in England the atmosphere is fantastic during the match”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
“I hope to see a good atmosphere. I know these two teams are big rivals but in England the atmosphere is fantastic during the match and I hope to see this tomorrow.”
Conte even joked that he should fit right in at the London Stadium, which is full of wide open spaces, because his technical area at Stamford Bridge is not big enough to contain him.
He said: “If it’s a bigger technical area than Stamford Bridge I am happy. I will have to ask the club to change my technical area!”
Conte will recall John Terry for the game and is also likely to start with Nathaniel Chalobah, with Willian and Michy Batshuayi also likely to come into the team.
But Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic are still injured, and Kurt Zouma will not return despite playing for the U23s this week.
He said: “It’s an important competition. We know this cup can permit you to see some young players that are working very well with us, to see the development of these players.
“We know this season we have only FA Cup and this cup to see the other players. For this reason, we can see some changes.”