Chelsea under Antonio Conte had a great first month winning all 3 of their games and all that happened with the traditional 4–2-3-1 but then came the drawback as they suffered back to back defeats and Antonio Conte switched to his usual 3-5-2. At Manchester United when Louis Van Gaal fielded the Red Devil’s in 3-5-2 they bored United fans more than anything. Since then the Premier League fans have something against the formation but Antonio Conte has seen most of the success of his career under the same formation and that’s one way he’d be most comfortable in.
Against Hull, Chelsea looked different, the whole dynamic of their game looked different. Conte may have started his new job under the same formation but Chelsea lacked required personnel at the back.
Conte went all in for Leonardo Bonucci in the summer transfer market but Juventus were too reluctant to keep hold if their prized possession. Chelsea then switched to some other targets but faced a stone wall. It took them the last hour of the deadline day to rope in a CB and that too David Luiz in a €31m move, the player they sold for €50m 3 years back.
All in all it’s 3-5-2 that could be the best suited for the Italian to succeed at the Stamford Bridge. Firstly, he feels the most comfortable playing 3-5-2, he has perfection in it and that’s what he should be doing at Chelsea too. We look at how the 3-5-2 formation could change the way for Chelsea.
With John Terry injured, the three at the back against Hull were Azpilicueta, David Luiz and Gary Cahill. New signing Marco Alonso and Victor Moses were om opposite flanks as wing-backs.
Having a 5 man defense when you don’t have solid center backs could be the option as it gives the much needed solidarity. They looked shaky at the start against Hull, maybe it was the new system taking it’s time but they settled in well later on and there was hardly anything Hull did that trouble them.
Alonso and Moses were very well providing width and were actually seeing a lot of the ball. Even though Hull couldn’t be taken as the real test but still they did their jobs well.
Midfield three of N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic and Willian was full of work ethic and assuredness of the ball authority. Kantè seemed to given a lot of independence to go on adventures as he was found in the opposition penalty box quite often. Matic in his usual role was doing the dirty work.
They were the ones making things happen as they enjoyed a lot of the possession.
The forwards Diego Costa and Eden Hazard were given the best suited roles to them. Hazard was given the license to go around anywhere on the pitch and do the pretty work to make things happen and Costa was deployed in his usual striker’s role.
If we had to go by the result against Hull maybe Conte needs to go with the 3-5-2 system. The change did work for them but the real tests are ahead after the international breaks nd they better be ready with the best suited system.