People all across the world of football have been queuing up to heap praise on Claudio Ranieri and Leicester City on their most unlikely achievement of winning the Premier League. Chelsea coaches past and future weren't far behind either in congratulating a fellow member of the Fraternity of the Trapdoor'd by Roman.
Congratulations to both Leicester and my friend Claudio Ranieri for their historic win of the Premier League https://t.co/WWGPAVNp1E— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) May 2, 2016
They call him Mister Ancelotti. Classy as ever.
Still vacationing José Mourinho's reaction was, unsurprisingly, far more personal. In classic Jose style, of course it's all about him.
"I want to congratulate everyone connected to Leicester; players, staff, owners and fans. I lost my title to Claudio Ranieri and it is with incredible emotion that I live this magic moment in his career."
-José Mourinho; source: CAA Sports via FourFourTwo
Mourinho and Ranieri had a well-publicized feud back when they were both in Italy (Ranieri with Juve and Mourinho with Inter), but they've since smoothed over any differences. While Ranieri's exit from Chelsea was overshadowed by negative headlines (and several harsh words from the likes of Eugene Tenenbaum), the Tinkerman is still held in high regard and not just by the fans.
Future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who could conceivably become the fourth Italian to win the Premier League in an ideal sequence of events (after Ancelotti, Mancini, and now, Ranieri), took a more philosophical tact.
"Ranieri has done an outstanding job with his Leicester. It crowns an exemplary career and he really deserves the esteem he's receiving from fans all around the world."
"Leicester's victory shows that, with hard work and sacrifice on the pitch, as well as seriousness and belief in your own ability, you can reach any sporting achievement."
-Antonio Conte; source: ANSA via Football Italia
Hard work, sacrifice, seriousness, belief. Qualities we get to look forward to next season at Stamford Bridge!