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, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Conte, Guardiola and Tactical Victories

Something that has never failed to astound me is the level of ignorance that exists in certain sections of the UK media when it comes to the likes of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola. I believe there remains a level of desperation from some for Guardiola to fail, simply so they can dismiss his accomplishments at Barcelona and Bayern Munich because they were not in the Premier League. As if their primary function is to prove to all and sundry …
How the change in formation can bring the best out of David Luiz

How the change in formation can bring the best out of David Luiz

Chelsea were sublime on Saturday as doubts about Antonio Conte's future were cast aside. The Italian looks to have found his strongest side at the club after the move to a 3-4-3 formation. It always looked to be an intelligent decision to appoint the Italian due to his tactical flexibility and his decision to utilise a formation that isn't often used in the Premier League. He isn't afraid to innovate and that provides an element that has been missing at …
Attacking quality or defensive disaster in the Premier League?

Attacking quality or defensive disaster in the Premier League?

The 2016-17 season is in full flow and already it's thrown up some astonishing results. Arsenal's 3-0 victory against Chelsea last weekend was unpredictable, whilst Liverpool's impressive start to the campaign continued with an emphatic 5-1 hammering of Hull City. Even Manchester United fans wouldn't have expected to beat the defending champions 4-1 and it was the eleventh time this season a Premier League team scored four or more goals past an opponent. The opening weekend alone saw 28 goals …
5 Key Battles for a Starting Place & Who Comes Out on Top

5 Key Battles for a Starting Place & Who Comes Out on Top

The 2016-17 season has already thrown up a few surprises but once again, it's a season which has provided challenges for the Premier League's top managers. Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp have had to make some ruthless choices on starting positions already this season but here's five of the biggest battles so far and who should come out on top... Simon Mignolet & Loris Karius - Liverpool Mignolet's Liverpool career has been nothing short of drama, with the Belgian keeper …
Why Liverpool should be considered top four contenders after beating Chelsea

Why Liverpool should be considered top four contenders after beating Chelsea

Liverpool were forced to play without Roberto Firmino on Friday evening at Stamford Bridge, but still managed to prevail 2-1. The Brazilian has been key to the side since Jurgen Klopp took over and his tactical adaptability means that he can play a number of positions in the forward line. Many have thought that Liverpool are better with him playing as a false nine. However on Friday, Daniel Sturridge did a lot better in terms of defensive contribution. He didn’t …
Premier League 2016 summer transfer round-up

Premier League 2016 summer transfer round-up

Another year, another summer transfer window has passed but which club was the most active? Who spent the most money? Which transfers caused the biggest stirs? What players will make a name for themselves this season? There's so many unanswered questions which we will have to wait to see the answers for but here's everything else you need to know about this summer's activities across the Premier League... Big name transfers Manchester United have stolen most of the headlines in …
David Luiz - A Panic Buy, But One That Needed to Happen

David Luiz - A Panic Buy, But One That Needed to Happen

David Luiz made a sensational return to Chelsea on deadline day as the club finally brought in a central defender. They had been trying to sign one all summer, with Kalidou Koulibaly being the priority target. However they couldn't agree a deal with Napoli, which left them desperately searching for another option during the final days of the window. Although they were unlikely to target David Luiz at the beginning of the summer, it was a deal that made sense for all …
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