Chelsea have won 12 consecutive Premier League games since Antonio Conte switched to the 3-4-3 system but former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan thinks Chelsea’s good run has been down to the players and not Antonio Conte.
“Very, very few teams in a top league win 12 straight games as Chelsea have done, but they impress me because they seem united as a team — which they did not a year ago,” Forlan told Uruguayan newspaper The National.
“Much has been made of Conte playing three at the back and how effective this has been since he switched to it after a difficult start.
“I do not buy into these tactical obsessions that occupy so much space in the media.
“Football is a really simple game and the most important thing, in any formation, is that the players do their jobs, not the formation which they play in.
“All of the usual formations have advantages and disadvantages, but none would work without the magic of the players.
“Systems, coaches and directors or club presidents do not win games — players do, they are the only people who can make a significant difference once that game starts.”