Cahill hails former Chelsea boss as the master of 3-4-3

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Gary Cahill joined Chelsea in January 2012 and was part of the club’s only set of players to have won the Champions League.

Cahill went on to become captain of the club, and by the time he was exiting the team in 2019, he had a total of 8 titles in his bag.

The 34-year-old has hailed two former Chelsea bosses he won the league with, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, and he was particularly full of praise for Conte, labelling him as a master in the 3-4-3 formation.

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Cahill said: “He was a great manager. Conte said, ‘Right, I’m changing this’. He knows that [three-man defence] formation inside out, and there was not one player on the pitch who did not know his role inside out. If you didn’t know it, you didn’t play.

“I played left of the three, whereas when we’d won the league with Jose [Mourinho], [Cesar Azpilicueta] was left back and I was right-sided centre back. Yet then Azpi went from left back to right-sided centre back and I went to the left-sided centre back.

“I spoke to Conte and he was adamant it would work. The Joses, the Contes. The attention to detail, the way they think. They never switch off. You have that confidence; an arrogance in a good way.”

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