Antonio Conte explains key details of Chelsea’s new winning formation

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Antonio Conte has explained why his three-man defence has worked so well for Chelsea in recent weeks.

Antonio Conte explains key details of Chelsea's new winning formation

Antonio Conte explains key details of Chelsea's new winning formation

After enduring a mini-crisis at the club for the first time since the Italian joined in the summer, Conte made the switch to a 3-4 formation following disappointing defeats to Premier League title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool.

The change saw Conte operate with three central defenders with wing-backs on either wing, a move which has seen the Blues comfortably defeat Hull, Leicester City and Manchester United.

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‘The central defenders on the right and the left must be very fast and aggressive,’ the Chelsea manager explained to the club website.

‘The players that play in the middle of the three defenders must be more tactical, must reflect more and find the right position, and also call the line up and down,’ Conte added.

‘In these last three games we did very well. It’s normal when you play with the same players. They take confidence in the role to play together.

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‘It’s important also for example in this game, the cup, to find a new solution. If you have during the season an injury, then it’s important to have a good solution ready.’

Conte will again implement his new attacking formation for Chelsea’s EFL Cup clash away at West Ham on Wednesday evening.

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