Antonio Conte wants to emulate the success of his Chelsea predecessor, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho, whose United side visit Stamford Bridge in Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final, won three Premier League titles, three League Cups and one FA Cup in two spells as Blues boss.
Conte is on course to claim the Premier League title in his first season and United stand in the way of a possible league and FA Cup double.
That is an achievement which has evaded Mourinho and despite the Portuguese being a rival, Conte asked for there to be no animosity towards the ‘Special One’.
“For sure, I hope in the future to try to emulate his wins here,” Conte said.
“I know very well he’s in the heart of Chelsea’s fans. It’s great this because he deserves this.
“I think Jose Mourinho wrote a good part of the history of Chelsea. It’s important, always, not to forget this.
“I have great respect for him because he’s a winner. I like his mentality. He has a winning mentality.
“For sure, he’s one of the best in the world and, here, he did a great job. I think every single fan must respect him.”