But Conte is well aware Chelsea are in a hard moment, with injuries and erratic performances threatening to derail their Premier League title defence and slow their progress in Europe.
With Kante in the team, it often felt as if Chelsea were playing with 12 players last season, and like most of Conte's key men he was a virtual ever present in 2016-17, missing just three league games. A short run of two defeats was halted, he scored his first two Chelsea goals of the season but a winning position in the game was surrendered.
Mourinho has lately been accused of being ultra-defensive especially when away to other title contenders. "I have to praise my players because they showed me big effort, big commitment tonight, otherwise we'd have lost the game".
"I think we had a great performance and it was so unusual to concede the equaliser for 3-3, as we felt that we were the better side", Nainggolan told Mediaset Premium.
He did not name names, but it was clear he was thinking of his former club Chelsea and Conte, his successor as boss, when he talked of other managers who "cry and cry and cry" about injuries.
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"He always said, "I will get it right with Manchester United and I will make the fans happy", but between the lines he has always said, "but I don't have the players". However, the result is positive and gives us confidence, we must continue like this.
His remark could be interpreted as a subtle dig at Conte, who spent a large part of his post-match press conference following Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Roma bemoaning the many injuries that have hit his side in recent weeks.
"But do you think it was for me?" he asked.
To which the journalist replied yes.
"I've seen a big difference from last season and I'm OK with everything that's happening there".