EX-CHELSEA BOSS RUUD GULLIT EXPOSES THE WEAKNESS IN CHELSEA’S 3-4-3… WHAT SHOULD CONTE DO TO STRENGTHEN THE WEAKNESS?

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Ex-Chelsea midfielder and manager Ruud Gullit believes Chelsea have a weakness in the left side of our 3-4-3 and he believes Burnley were clever in exploiting our weaker left-hand side.

According to Gullit, Chelsea’s left side is weak because Alonso is often left isolated with Eden Hazard in a more advanced position while Pedro is always on hand to help Moses out defensively.

Gullit told BBC: “Not many teams have tested Chelsea’s three-man defence this season but Burnley showed there is a way to get at Antonio Conte’s side.

“The Clarets were extremely clever in Sunday’s 1-1 draw, especially in the way they targeted Chelsea’s left flank, which is far less disciplined defensively than their right side.

“Eden Hazard always wanders inside from the left – far more than Pedro does when he starts on the right – which is what happened at Turf Moor.

“That leaves Chelsea’s left wing-back Marcus Alonso to advance up the pitch and give them an option wide on that flank.

“But with Hazard often on the opposite side of the pitch, Alonso is sometimes left isolated when the Blues lose possession.

“Alonso is also not as strong as their right wing-back Victor Moses when it comes to getting back to help his centre-halves. I look at him and think he is more of a left winger.

“It is a weak spot because it leaves space to exploit if teams can get the ball into that channel behind Alonso but you usually have to do it quickly.

“Burnley managed it early on by playing long balls up to Andre Gray that forced Gary Cahill and David Luiz to come out wide, out of their comfort zone.”

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