CONTE EXPLAINS HOW BAKAYAKO AND DRINKWATER HAVE HELPED HIS TACTICS

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Antonio Conte has been tactically flexible this season, as he has applied the 3-4-3 system and 3-5-2 system for different games.

The Chelsea boss has admitted that the signings of central midfield duo Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko have helped his flexibility as a manager, while also improving the form of Chelsea star Eden Hazard who has been excellent this season.

“Compared to last season, we changed players. We bought two central midfielders, Bakayoko and Drinkwater,” Conte told the official Chelsea website.

“For the characteristics of our players, to play with three midfielders is a good option. For me to be able to alternate two different systems, 3-4-3 and 3-5-2, is great.

“When we play against a big team, it’s very important to have more solidity with the three midfielders and two strikers, and to give more freedom to Eden.

“And I am very happy because I have seen my players show great ability at adapting themselves, and changing to a system by finding new solutions and memorised play. It was great for me to understand that this other option was good, and also fantastic that my players can do it.”

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