LONDON — Antonio Conte says he is ready to “risk” his job if Chelsea win the Premier League, even if he we were to suffer the same fate as Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri next year.
Leicester confirmed Ranieri’s sacking in a statement on Thursday, with the club languishing in 17th in the Premier League just 298 days after being miraculously crowned champions of England — a feat which earned the Italian FIFA’s Coach of the Year award.
His departure means the last five Premier League title-winning managers have left their jobs before the end of the following season, but Conte says he is prepared to face the “risk” of extending the sequence next term if it means bringing the trophy back to Stamford Bridge.
“If you remember very well I was already sacked this season by the bookmakers,” Conte joked, before adding: “I was lucky to keep the right concentration and continue to work.
“First of all I think it is important to finish this season in the best way and if we are able to reach this dream for me, for the players, I am ready to face this risk.
“I am happy, very happy to face this risk next season but for sure I am really focused, me and the players on this season because there are 13 games until the end and we…