Photo: official Chelsea website

Photo: official Chelsea website

Chelsea will for the second time this season play West Ham, and after beating them 2-1 at home in the league opener back in August, the Blues will play the Hammers at the London Stadium on Wednesday night in the fifth round of the EFL Cup.

Speaking ahead of the game, Conte analysed the West Ham team and the tactics he’d likely employ.

“West Ham had a difficult start but now, after two wins, their confidence is high.” Conte said. “If you look at the squad they have many good players, some of whom I know very well like (Angelo) Ogbonna and (Simeone) Zaza. They have a great manager and I know his type of work.” He said.

The Blues have been dominant since switching to a 3-4-3 formation, and speaking about his tactical switch, Conte said: “It’s important for the coach to understand the right characteristics of his players,” he said. “I knew Chelsea always played 4-2-3-1. We played that system this season, as well as 4-2-4 and 4-3-3 but after two bad defeats I decided to change because I saw a situation which wasn’t good for us.

“Now we are working under this system but we are also ready to play other systems. The most important thing is to maintain the right principles and the right intensity, attack the space, try to win the ball when you lose it and stay compact. Then you can play with 3-4-3, 3-5-2, 4-3-1-2, it’s not important.” Conte analysed.

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