Chelsea are facing Watford tomorrow and the game will be also the first Italian managers derby of this Premier League, where four Italian coaches are in charge: Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City, Francesco Guidolin at Swansea and Walter Mazzarri at Watford.
Conte and Mazzarri are familiar with each other having competed for trophies during their respective spells as managers of Juventus and Napoli.
“I saw him in the meeting for managers and I spoke with him and his assistant coach about this experience because it’s also a great challenge for him,” Conte revealed during his press conference to preview the match today.
“When we were in the Italian championship and we fought for the title, Juventus versus Napoli, everyone fights for his club, but our relationship is very normal. I have great respect for him and his work, he’s a great manager.
“Every manager has their own idea of football so for this reason every manager is different, not only me and Mazzarri. Every coach brings his idea of football, I studied for my own ideas and other managers studied for their own ideas.
“I will shake his hand, no problem. But I repeat: I saw him at the coaches’ meeting and spoke with him, with the assistant coach too.”