Chelsea are Premier League champions, they beat West Brom to secure the title after a dreadful 2015-16 campaign, and Antonio Conte is the fourth Italian manager to lead a team to glory in England, following in the footsteps of Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini, and Claudio Ranieri.
I am proud to pass the torch of the Premier League to Antonio Conte: from one Italian to another, a great recognition of our school of management
Ranieri told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
After the fairytale of my Leicester, this splendid Chelsea adventure. It was not easy to get it at the first attempt, but Conte passed his exam with flying colours on his debut in English football
the former Leicester City manager said, praising his compatriot for the way he did things without having previous experience in England (or elsewhere outside Italy).
Antonio did a great job in every sense: dealing with the team, his rapport with the outside world and relations with the media. Having said all that, the fundamental issue remains the work of the coach
Ranieri added. The two of them have a long-standing relationship of mutual respect and admiration. Recently, Conte admitted that he… celebrated Leicester City’s title last season, feeling happy for Ranieri, for having this PL title as cherry on top a magnificent coaching career.