Conte reveals how Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation was born

Date published: Saturday 12th November 2016 8:22

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Antonio Conte has discussed the tactical evolution that has led to Chelsea’s successful start to the Premier League season.

The Blues are just one point behind table-toppers Liverpool after 11 games, but it has been far from plain sailing for the Italian boss who has had to overcome a number of obstacles in his search to find the perfect balance.

“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,” Conte told Chelsea’s official website.

“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.

“I thought it would improve us offensively as well as defensively and we didn’t lose our offensive situation.

“In this way we have increased it because we scored many goals and created a lot of chances to score the goals and also if you maintain the clean sheet, I think this is the right way.”

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