Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is sure Antonio Conte will deliver trophies for Chelsea as they prepare to play in the EFL cup.
Before Conte joined Chelsea, he won three Serie A titles with Juventus, while Ranieri recently won his first league title.
But Ranieri is adamant his compatriot will live up to expectations at his former club.
“I think he can bring trophies,” Ranieri told reporters ahead of the EFL Cup third-round tie at King Power Stadium on Tuesday. “He’s a winner. He needs time. I think he can [lift] some trophies.”
The visit of Chelsea will see Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante reunited with his former Leicester colleagues – the France international having swapped the King Power Stadium for Stamford Bridge in July.
“I’ll give him a very warm welcome,” Ranieri said of the 25-year-old. “I’m sure our fans must appreciate what he did last season and give a warm welcome back.
“N’Golo was very important for us. Maybe more important for us than Chelsea, as they have so many defensive midfielders.”
Ranieri flagged the likely inclusion of some fresh faces in his starting XI, with reserve goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler to continue deputising for the injured Kasper Schmeichel who is out nursing a concussion.
“I’m very excited as I believe in young players,” he said. “They need experience. It’ll be a great experience against Chelsea. Ron-Robert Zieler [played] a very good match [at the weekend against Burnley]. I [will] continue with him.
“I think Schmeichel will ready for the weekend,” Ranieri added, predicting the Dane’s likely return away against Manchester United.