A 3-4-2-1 formation helped Chelsea storm to the 2016/17 Premier League title, but Adrian Clarke explains why one player has sparked a shift in the champions' shape ahead of Saturday's trip to Liverpool.
This season Antonio Conte has been happy to move away from his tried and tested tactics.
The regimented and successful 3-4-2-1 formation used so frequently has featured from the start in only six of their 12 PL matches this term.
Of late Chelsea have lined up in a 3-5-1-1, or 3-1-4-1-1 shape to be more precise, and Conte’s desire to make best use of Cesc Fabregas is perhaps why.
Is it a wise call?
I believe it is, because Fabregas has been fabulously creative.
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Building from a solid three-man base should help Chelsea deal with Liverpool’s own midfield threat at Anfield, especially in the way they try to contain the floating Philippe Coutinho.
It could be a blend of players that spells trouble for Liverpool on Saturday.