Luiz Felipe Scolari: Antonio Conte will be under immediate pressure to succeed at Chelsea

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Premier League champions Chelsea confirmed Antonio Conte's appointment as their permanent manager earlier this month, the Italian taking charge following this summer's European Championships.

Conte has quite a job on his hands to help resurrect the struggling Blues - and one former manager has a word of advice for him.

Luiz Felipe Scolari, who oversaw just seven months at Stamford Bridge during the 2008/09 season, believes the Chelsea job is taxing for even the best of managers.


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The Brazilian said, as per The Sun: "You can win the World Cup, be European champion and the best coach on the planet - but that cannot prepare anyone for a job like Chelsea.

"Your coaching record does not count once you’re there because you must win things straightaway. It’s like very few positions in the world because the Premier League is like no other league in the world."

Scolari, who succeeded then interim boss Avram Grant in 2008, believes no previous experiences in world football can prepare you for the competitive nature of English football.

"Everything a coach will have experienced in countries like Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Germany and France will not be the same as in England," he continued.

"You must be prepared to accept it’s different."

The 67-year-old likens the role at Chelsea to that of the Brazil national side, where expectations are unparalleled in European football.

"Plus it’s Chelsea," he added, "where the expectations are higher than most clubs in the world and you have some of the biggest players.

"Coaching Chelsea is like coaching Brazil. The pressure is huge."

The World Cup winning manager further added that there's only one inevitability at Chelsea.

"One thing certain in football, especially at a club like that, is you will lose your job at some point. When you see such a successful and smart coach as Mourinho lose his job, you can understand how difficult it is."

Conte will become the 11th manager under Roman Abramovich's reign in the hope that he can stem the tide at Stamford Bridge, where performances have been uninspiring this season.

Chelsea are currently tenth in the Premier League on 44 points having won just 11 of their 33 games this season, with European football next campaign unlikely.

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