Antonio says failures from his past will ensure Chelsea won't sleep until they clinch Premiership glory this season.
The Blues boss brushed aside suggestions in the wake of Saturday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal his side could be crowned champions three months ahead of schedule.
A glimpse at history demonstrates the reason for his caution despite a chasm opening up between Chelsea and the rest.
Despite five Serie A titles with Juventus where he was also a Champions League winner, it is clear the ones which got away, and there were several, still hurt.
“I won’t sleep and I don’t want my players to sleep either,” he said.
“In my career as a footballer I on a lot but I also lost a lot and when you lose three Champions League finals and you win only one you have a great anger.
“Also during my experience, I won a title by eight points with four games to play, but I also lost one and for this reason I feel I have a bit of experience to manage this situation and to try to keep our antenna very high.”
Marcus Alonso’s 13th minute header set Chelsea on the road to victory over their title rivals.
Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger labelled the wing-back’s challenge on Hector Bellerin, which saw the full-back suffer concussion, a clear foul.
While acknowledging Wenger might have been right had the game been staged in Italy, he labelled the challenge part and parcel of English football.
“I am surprised to have this conversation in England I must admit because in England this situation is always a goal, he added.
“In Italy, maybe it would be a foul or in another country we could have a different conversation, but for me in England the goal was a correct decision.”
Eden Hazard’s latest classic saw Chelsea take another huge stride towards the Premiership title at the expense of challengers Arsenal.
The Belgian, so disappointed to have been taken off by the time Diego Costa’s penalty was missed against Liverpool on Tuesday, left an indelible mark on this contest with a magical goal on 53 minutes.
He shrugged off Francis Coquelin’s foul before leaving first Laurent Koscieny and then Shkodran Mustafi floundering as he weaved through to score the goal which could come to be seen as the title clincher.
His stunner added to Marcos Alonso’s 13th minute header, the wingback heading in after Costa’s effort had crashed off the bar.
Cesc Fabregas added a third in a late cameo before Olivier Giroud’s stoppage time header which barely registered as a consolation.
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