When Antonio Conte started his job as Chelsea manager, the team played a 4-2-4 system during the preseason, and when the season started proper, he played a 4-1-4-1/4-3-3 system, and then he would switch to a 4-2-4 system when in search of goals.
After two disappointing performances against Liverpool and Arsenal, the Italian switched to a 3-4-3 system, and it’s been perfect for Chelsea so far.
He told the official Chelsea website why started out with a 4-2-4 formation.
“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.”
“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.” Said the Chelsea manager.