Ranieri backs Conte to create ‘revolution’ at Chelsea

Date published: Sunday 15th May 2016 11:49

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has backed new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to create a “revolution” at Stamford Bridge. 

Former Blues manager Ranieri returns to west London having deposed Chelsea as Premier League champions this season by guiding Leicester to the title.

The Foxes are 31 points ahead of last season’s champions Chelsea, who sacked Jose Mourinho in December after a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink replaced Mourinho until the end of the season, with Conte joining the club on a permanent basis after Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign.

Conte will be looking to form a team capable of regaining the Premier League title, and the incoming Blues manager has already lined up a host of potential transfer targets this summer, according to reports.

Chelsea are currently ninth in the Premier League after a torrid campaign, but Ranieri believes that fellow Italian Conte, who won three successive Serie A titles with Juventus, will change everything at the club.

Ranieri said: “He is a tough man, it is hard for him to change because he will make a little revolution there. I am waiting for it, I await the revolution when he arrives. He changes everything.

“He is very concentrated in his job, the little things. He wants to care for everything, nutrition, everything.”

Ranieri managed Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, being replaced by Jose Mourinho, and with the hosts set to give the new champions a guard of honour, the Italian insisted he won’t be a part of it.

“I will stay in the dugout. I can say thank you to the fans but it is for my players,” he said.

Leicester hold their title parade on Monday and then fly to Thailand on a goodwill trip on Tuesday, before returning for pre-season in July.

The Foxes will take part in the International Champions Cup where they will play against Celtic in Glasgow, before travelling to LA to meet Paris Saint-Germain and then finish in Stockholm against Barcelona.

“The pre-season is more of less the same apart from changing the names of the opponent. It’s good experience for my players but it’s important to feel and understand the difference. It’s important to play against these teams.

“It’s different because we travel a lot but it’s just this.”

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