Chelsea have had great recent success in the Premier League with a 3-4-3 formation, but Conte reveals 3-4-3 was his plan D.
The Stamford Bridge side began the season in a 4-2-4 formation which Conte successfully implemented at Juventus in his primary stages in Italy.
However, the Blues failed to keep clean sheets in the early matches with the formation and a draw with Swansea City and two thumping defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal in September suggested that the Italian has to implement something different for the betterment of the team.
The new Chelsea boss then changed formation to 3-4-3, utilizing Marcus Alonso and Victor Moses as wing-backs, while full-back Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz and Gary Cahill have been shifted around and regularly deployed at three centre-backs.
It was the fourth formation Conte had attempted with his team and since the 3-4-3 system, the Blues have grabbed five straight wins on a trot without conceding a single goal.
Talking about the system the Italian told official Chelsea website: “We started the season with another system because the idea in my mind was that I wanted to play with the 4-2-4, and then we switched with 4-3-3 and we played also in the same way like last year, 4-2-3-1.”
“But I noticed in some circumstances we didn’t have the right balance because when you concede more goals than your opponent and even more chances to score a goal, it is never a good thing. For this reason, we switched to the new system of 3-4-3 and I think this is a good fit for our squad because also we have the strikers adapted for this system,” he added.
The most notable improvement the Italian has executed in his squad is to get the best out of every squad member, turning into a more powerful offensive system without giving up their defensive stability.
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