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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has shared an incident that made him lose his sleep for a whopping six days.

Chelsea are the favourites to win the title but Conte has refused to get carried away yet, due to an experience from his own playing days, where his team lost the league just few games to the end of the season, after being in a dominant position to lift the league.

He played for Carlo Ancelotti’s Juventus in the 1999/2000 season, where the Serie A giants led the chasing pack by nine points with just eight games to go.

Incredibly, Juve lost four of their remaining games to surrender the title to Sven-Goran Eriksen’s Lazio on the final day of the season.

All Juventus had to do on the final day was beat Perugia, but they lost the game 1-0 and lost the title to Lazio on the final day of the season.

Conte said: “When we lost the title in the last game against Perugia, I was the captain and I remember it very well.

“After this game, I had to go to Euro 2000 with the Italy national team and I didn’t sleep for six days because it was such a shock to me to lose the title.”

He added: “Thirteen games is an enormous space of time and 39 points.

“If we take 32 points, we win the title – otherwise, anything can happen. We must be focused and go step by step.”

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