Chelsea might not have the squad depth compared to the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United, but one thing the Blues have is players who can fill up different positions.
We’ve seen David Luiz leave his central defensive position to do a good job in central midfield against Tottenham. Victor Moses can play as a wing-back and is originally a winger. Cesar Azpilicueta can play anywhere across the backline and wing-back positions. And the list goes on.
For Chelsea hero Pat Nevin, this will be an added advantage for Antonio Conte and Chelsea, as he listed five positions where Chelsea have different options.
He wrote in the official Chelsea website: First of all, I think of the squad in groups of players if we take it as a 3-4-2-1 formation. I reckon this is how it shapes up with the manager’s options just now. The important thing is that we have quite a few players who cover us in a few positions. They can’t play both positions at once, but they can be moved when needed.
- Central defenders; you need three playing and we have at least six available in Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Marcos Alonso could fill at left centre-back if needed. In a crisis you go to two centre-backs, so two from six should always be available.
- Wide midfielders/wing backs; well you need one playing each side in our system, our squad can call on Victor Moses, Azpilicueta, Zappacosta and even Pedro has played that role on the right-hand side. On the left, that single space could be filled by Alonso of course along with once again Azpilicueta and Zappacosta as they are perfectly capable of managing the role.
- Deep-lying central midfielders; you need two playing in there at any one time and we have N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and Cesc Fabregas with the option of David Luiz cruising in there again if needed, just as he did against Spurs. Five for two positions and all extremely capable, no worries there.
- Attacking midfield is the next area; in a 3-4-2-1 you clearly need two, but that can sometimes be three if the system is adapted. We can call on Eden Hazard, Pedro, Willian and of course Cesc Fabregas is perfectly adept at playing number 10 as he has done brilliantly many times for us. This area is tighter, but the quality is incredible and almost certainly enough unless we are very unlucky with injuries.
- The final area is of course up top with Alvaro Morata (who can play wider if needed in the previous category) with Michy Batshuayi. A quick look at the Premier League squad list and the name of Diego Costa is still there.”