According to Chelsea legend Pat Nevin, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante are the game-changers for Chelsea in the 3-5-2 system.
“The burgeoning understanding between the front two of Eden and Alvaro is pretty stunning on occasions now,” Nevin wrote in Chelsea’s official website.
“The Spaniard’s little back-through-the-legs flick made for one of the best assists of the season. It was world class. The sheer number of goals and chances being created for each other is fabulous and it should be underlined that Antonio Conte must be applauded for seeing the possibilities first.
“I mean, you look at Eden last season and your first thought wouldn’t necessarily be, ‘I think he could do better playing in a different role, I better move him infield’.
“It is a partnership that will continue to improve but then by crowbarring Cesc into the side, he is also perfectly capable of building just as good an understanding with both of the strikers in terms of creation.
“It is quite a turnaround in a short time and of course we know there are a variety of reasons. Eden, Cesc, Alvaro and N’Golo Kante all fully fit and available together would improve any team on the planet. There are now plenty of hugely talented options on the bench, but it seems that those players moving into a 3-5-2 type of system has been the proverbial game changer above everything else.”