Article published on 2016-11-10 by ChelseaStats in Uncategorised.
The interesting thing for me in the 3-4-3 over 4-2-4 formation is our defence hasn’t been the problem – it, to me at least, was horribly exposed by a weak midfield.
Fabregas has started once this season, Matic has improved immensively with the assurance of Kante and the reducing need to move out of central areas.
Conte has reduced the number of defenders and attackers to fix the real problem, and it has worked.
Koeman said that he had never seen a side look so strong in a 3-4-3 and the only surprise is that Chelsea did not start the season in that formation.
“In my mind I wanted to play with a 4-2-4,” Conte said. “I wanted to start this way because when you have strong wingers, I like to play with two strikers very close. But then I changed. During pre-season, there was 4-2-4 and 3-4-3 because this squad could play these systems. I changed it to find more balance defensively and in offensive situations.”
Koeman said that Conte has given his players a winning mentality and that improved mindset can be seen in Hazard’s transformation.
Source: Jacob Steinberg / The Guardian