Antonio Conte
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Earlier this season I said that Chelsea should start to play 3-5-2 more often.

Antonio Conte has done that and sometimes the change has paid off and sometimes it hasn’t.

Arguably the Blues best performances of the season have been the 2-1 away win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and the 1-0 win against Manchester United in the Premier League. In both these games we played 3-5-2.

However, our display in the 1-0 defeat against West Ham was simply not good enough. It was only past the hour mark that we actually fashioned some clear chances. This makes me think if the freedom the 3-4-3 formation gives us suited us better in this match.

The benefits of the 3-4-3 formation

Chelsea champions
Chelsea won the Premier League title last season playing 3-4-3.

We all saw how effective Conte’s system was as he led us to a league title last season.

Chelsea played with so much freedom and everything clicked for us. Opponents may have figured out that we’re trying to change things up so that the way in which we play is too predictable.

The form of Tiemoue Bakayoko has been sloppy to say the least and giving a more attacking player like Pedro a start against Huddersfield wouldn’t hurt.

Going back to the title winning formation can be just as effective this season.

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