Claudio Ranieri compares Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to world-class manager

Claudio Ranieri says Antonio Conte reminds him of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone Photo: The Sport Review

Claudio Ranieri has compared Antonio Conte to Diego Simeone following the Italian’s sparkling first season in charge at Chelsea.

Conte has earned plenty of praise for the impact he has had at Stamford Bridge following his appointment as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor last summer.

Chelsea are currently flying high at the top of the Premier League table as they chase the title in Conte’s first season in charge at the west London club.

The Blues are also through to the FA Cup semi-finals, where they will take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley later this month.

Former Leicester City boss Ranieri has been hugely impressed by what he has seen from Conte at Stamford Bridge this season and says his compatriot reminds him of Atletico Madrid boss Simeone.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Ranieri said: “I could compare Diego Simeone to Antonio Conte. He is another good manager. He is very strong. He would have to understand the English mentality and the dressing room. It’s important.”

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Conte is currently preparing his Chelsea side for their crunch Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as they look to take another step closer to the title.

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