Saturday’s convincing 3-1 win over Swansea at Stamford Bridge sent Chelsea 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League with just 12 games remaining.
The Italian has made a sensational impact in west London since he was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor in the summer, but believes Claudio Ranieri’s recent fate provides a stark warning.
West Ham (A) – Mon 6 Mar
Manchester Utd (H) – Mon 13 Mar
Stoke (A) – Sat 18 Mar
Crystal Palace (H) – Sat 1 Apr
Manchester City (H) – Wed 5 Apr
Bournemouth (A) – Sat 8 Apr
Manchester United (A) – Sat 15 Apr
Conte’s compatriot was dismissed by champions Leicester less than 10 months on from masterminding a 5000-1 triumph, while Mourinho warned Conte that winning the Premier League title could represent a poisoned chalice and the 47-year-old appeared to be in agreement with his predecessor.
He said: ‘I think in this type of modern football, it’s not easy to start a project and to be sure you will stay a long time in the same team. But honestly not only for me, for all coaches.
‘If you have the possibility to stay for many years in the same team, then you can work to improve your idea, to improve your players, but the result in football is very important.
‘We all know this, and we know it can happen, that one season, you can win the title, the next season you can go away.’