How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

How has Azpilicueta adapted since the change to 3-4-3?

Chelsea have consolidated their position at the top of the league after making it eleven successive victories in the Premier League. After back-to-back defeats earlier in the season against Liverpool and Arsenal, Antonio Conte decided that the 4-2-3-1 formation wasn't working out. The Italian opted to move to a 3-4-3 system that he has become known for during his coaching career. There have always been doubts in England about formations containing three at the back and that caused some to …
Conte at Chelsea - What Formation Will He Play?

Conte at Chelsea - What Formation Will He Play?

Not many managers in world football get as passionate, aggressive and consumed as much as the Italy manager – and Chelsea’s new manager – Antoine Conte. Watching Conte in action against Spain particularly- a memorable game where amused onlookers saw him leaping on to the top of the dugout to celebrate victory - it has become pretty obvious that the Premier League will become a lot more intense and entertaining. In fact, Conte already looks ready to upset a few …
Snubbed from PFA Team of the Season | Fabregas, Cazorla, Aguero left out!

Snubbed from PFA Team of the Season | Fabregas, Cazorla, Aguero left out!

Who's the Best Left back? Azpilicueta v Monreal v Rose v Cresswell

Who's the Best Left back? Azpilicueta v Monreal v Rose v Cresswell

There are a number of good left backs, with many of them being English, in the Premier League. It is a position that can be ignored at times, but the likes of Leighton Baines can sometimes have a telling impact on a match. The full back used to be a player who operated purely for defensive reasons, but now they are expected to have a high work rate and be able to run up and down the pitch. They must …
Cesar Azpilicueta vs Spurs | Player Performance Analysis

Cesar Azpilicueta vs Spurs | Player Performance Analysis

On Saturday, we saw a Chelsea side, looking to go further ahead of everybody else in the league, play against a Spurs side, eager to push for a Champions League spot. Playing at Stamford Bridge, most people guessed right about the result, with Chelsea comfortably winning, adding to their impressive home record under Mourinho. The game hit the headlines for an Eto’o celebration and a Kaboul sending off, with the performances of the players overlooked, and especially one player in …
Is Cole paying for being Merry with the Arsenal?

Is Cole paying for being Merry with the Arsenal?

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has refused to criticise defender Ashley Cole for attending Arsenal's Christmas party on Monday evening, however in his pre-match press conference he made a point of explaining that the England man would remain on the bench. When asked about the incident Mourinho said "I keep my opinion to myself - it was a free day for them," I'm not a father, I'm a manager. "From the beginning Ashley's not playing." He continued: "But today is Friday, the …
West Ham 0 Chelsea 3 | Post Match Analysis

West Ham 0 Chelsea 3 | Post Match Analysis

In the absence of Andy Carroll through long term injury, West Ham again opted to pack the midfield in a 4-6-0, with Kevin Nolan, who occasionally ventured forward providing the Hammers’ biggest goal threat on the night, alongside emerging star Ravel Morrison, who accompanied him in a more attack minded four, Stewart Downing and Joe Cole making up foursome on either side. And yet packing the midfield didn’t pay dividends for Sam Allardyce’s side, having only 45% of the possession …
Can Cesar Azpilicueta become a Chelsea and Spain legend? | Stats

Can Cesar Azpilicueta become a Chelsea and Spain legend? | Stats

For a while, it looked like Chelsea had a real problem at right-back. When Jose Mourinho first arrived at Stamford Bridge all those years ago, he brought with him Paulo Ferreira. The Portuguese international had just won the Champions League with Mourinho at Porto and he set about as the main right-back for the next few years. As he aged and declined in ability, he was replaced. First temporarily by Michael Essien, and then by compatriot Jose Bosingwa, the latter …