Serie A more difficult than EPL - Conte
Chelsea's Italian boss Antonio Conte says that the Serie A - Italy's top flight league is the most difficult in the world and labelled it the secret to the success of Italian coaches after guiding the London club to the Premier League title.
Conte lifted the Premier League title in his first season at the helm and sits one win away from a record 30 in a single campaign, and the former Juventus and Italy Coach suggested he found the English league easy compared to his other domestic experiences.
"I thought I could reach such a prestigious objective like this, but not so soon," Conte told Rai Sport. "The secret of the success of Italian Coaches abroad is Serie A. Ours may not be the most beautiful League in the world, but it's certainly the most difficult."
"That's why whoever wins in Italy can do so all over the world," Conte added.
Another Italian, Claudio Ranieri guided Leicester City to the Premier League title last season with fellow Italians Roberto Mancini (Manchester City 2012) and Carlo Ancelotti's (Chelsea 2010) title triumphs meaning four of the last eight Premier League - winning coaches are Italians.
Conte's sentiment is one shared by current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, a former coach at Inter Milan and several others who have achieved success in both competitions.
"It was something incredible and unexpected. Doing well as an Italian abroad is something important, which makes the whole country proud," said Conte.
"The future? I prefer not to talk about it. We have two more objectives: the 30th Premier League victory, which no one has ever achieved before," he added. "After that, we'll prepare for the FA Cup Final. Once we've closed this chapter, we'll absolutely talk about our plans for the future."