Conte doesn’t want to follow in Mourinho’s and Ranieri’s footsteps.
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Fueled by the personal intensity that inspired Chelsea's return to the top, Antonio Conte has vowed to stop the champions from becoming the latest victims of the Premier League's sophomore slump. A glance at recent Premier League history has provided all the motivation Conte requires as the Chelsea manager plots his team's title defense, which gets under way against Burnley Saturday.The last two English champions both sacked their manager in the midst of title hangovers the following season, with Jose Mourinho axed by Chelsea in 2015 and Claudio Ranieri ousted by Leicester City last term.Manchester United stole a march on him to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and while Manchester City have spent over 200 million pounds ($260 million), Chelsea seemed to be dawdling.Appeased by Chelsea's decision to allow him to hire two new Italian assistants, Conte finally signed an improved deal, which at around 9.6 million pounds a year makes him the best-paid manager in the club's history.
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