Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte has hinted that Chelsea could change their formation for the upcoming campaign during an interview transcribed by the Mirror.

Following a disappointing 3-0 loss at the Emirates, Conte opted to change to a 3-4-3 system, and the Blues never looked back. Following the change in formation, Chelsea equalled the Premier League record for the number of consecutive wins in a single season.

Despite our success using 3-4-3 last term, Conte has suggested that he could be set to tinker with the system ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Speaking to the Mirror, Conte suggested that Fabregas can not only play in his usual central-midfield position, but could also be used as a number ten with the Blues:

The obvious question mark over this statement is that there is no ‘number ten’ role in a 3-4-3. There is, however, in a 3-5-2, which Conte experimented with on several occasions last season.

Could this be a suggestion that Conte is looking to use 3-5-2 long-term? Only he will know. But if he manages to pack Tiemoue Bakyoko, N’Golo Kante and Fabregas into one midfield, it could be devastating.

Not to mention a strike partnership consisting of Michy Batshuayi and Alvaro Morata…

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Eric
Eric
3 years ago

Good tactical twerk, I like d flexibility from 343 to 352 or any other formation, it will make d team unpredictable, thereby making it hard to prepare for matches against CFC.but leaving one formation permanently will affect some of our players especially in a world cup year, thereby causing dressing… Read more »

Tony
Tony
3 years ago

Both very good comments.He will no doubt have a system or two in mind which he feels his team will be able to adopt.Need Hazard back asap,but not for Real to buy.

mohammed yusuf ayubi
mohammed yusuf ayubi
3 years ago

I concur with Antonio conte, because the man can deliver trophies to us!

john davou
john davou
3 years ago

fabregas is jst too good to be on the bench,,sure he cn be utilised in both midfield n playin 10,,good idea

Ebenezer Edzii
Ebenezer Edzii
3 years ago

Unpredictability is essential with the variety of players but we ñeed two players .A very good Striker and a utility Wing Back.Two good strikers start a match and an equally good one on the bench ready to come in without panic and this will bring competition

hes1ofus
hes1ofus
3 years ago

3-5-2
With your suggested format, where does Hazard and Pedro play?
Who’s going to be wing backs? because they certainly arn’t
What formation is the WB’s going to be 2 defenders? 1 defender + I Winger or 2 wingers.

Chelsea Alan
Chelsea Alan
3 years ago

Conte’s favoured formation when he was very successful Serie A Manager was 4 2 4. He has the ‘runners’ now in both Kante AND Bakayoko who both have great engines. I believe he will play this system using Fabregas next to Morata with Hazard and Willian/Pedro outside. The point is… Read more »

TAYO OLURANTI
TAYO OLURANTI
3 years ago

yes good one. we can play series of formation now. enough players guarantee various formation. we will not be predicted again. others are playing this pattern now. either hazzard or fabregas will be number 10 here. 352. great. it will keep many of stars fresh.