Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that the 3-4-3 formation with which the Blues have found success is his fourth choice way of playing.
Conte, appointed at Stamford Bridge over the summer, told the club’s official website that his initial plan was different to the approach that has delivered five straight Premier League victories.
“We started the season with another system because the idea in my mind was that I wanted to play with the 4-2-4, and then we switched with 4-3-3 and we played also in the same way like last year, 4-2-3-1,” he told the club’s website.
Conte cited a need to improve his side’s defensive record as the reason for the change after Chelsea kept only one clean sheet in their first seven league matches.
“I noticed in some circumstances we didn’t have the right balance because when you concede more goals than your opponent and even more chances to score a goal, it is never a good thing,” the former Italy boss added.
“For this reason, we switched to the new system of 3-4-3 and I think this is a good fit for our squad because also we have the strikers adapted for this system.”
Chelsea are currently second in the Premier League table, a point behind Liverpool, but have won their last five league outings without conceding, scoring 16 goals in the process.
The only defeat in that time came in the EFL Cup, a 2-1 reverse at West Ham, but Chelsea did dispatch their London rivals when the sides met in the league at Stamford Bridge in August.