Chelsea Ranieri backs Sarri to succeed at Chelsea Sacha Pisani 07:25 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Carlo Ancelotti Napoli Serie A The former Blues boss has backed his countryman to be a success at Stamford Bridge if he is appointed Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri believes ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri can succeed at Stamford Bridge if appointed by the Premier League side.Sarri was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli amid growing links with Chelsea, where fellow Italian Antonio Conte is tipped to leave.The 59-year-old Sarri – who Goal understands is nearing a move to take over the Blues – guided Napoli to their second runners-up finish in three seasons, having threatened to dethrone Serie A champions Juventus this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ranieri – a Premier League-winning manager with Leicester City – spent four years at Chelsea before he was sacked in 2004 and he warned Sarri about owner Roman Abramovich.”Sarri to Chelsea? It depends what Maurizio is like. He’ll see little or nothing of the president,” Ranieri, who left Ligue 1 outfit Nantes after just one season, told Sky Italia.”He’ll have to work hard, and that’s not something he lacks.”Sarri has done well at every level, including Empoli where people said he wasn’t ready for big teams.”Now they know him all over Europe and I’m sure he can take his football and his philosophy anywhere.”Ranieri was also asked about Napoli’s appointment of former AC Milan, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich head coach Ancelotti.Ancelotti is reportedly set to be backed heavily in the transfer market by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Ranieri said: “I was a bit surprised, I imagined Carlo abroad.”I have to congratulate De Laurentiis who has pulled off a big coup, because he’s brought the most decorated Italian coach, who has won so much abroad, to Napoli.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.