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 …
What do Chelsea need to do in January to maintain their momentum?

What do Chelsea need to do in January to maintain their momentum?

Chelsea have emerged as the frontrunners for the Premier League title after back-to-back wins against rivals Tottenham and Manchester City. Antonio Conte has led a revival at Stamford Bridge and will deserve his status as one of the world's best coaches if he manages to orchestrate a league title win in his first season in charge, especially considering the fractured nature of the club when he took over. Their run of form has been a result of a change in …
Chelsea vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

These two sides will be the last to kick off their campaigns on Monday night, as West Ham travel to Chelsea for the first London derby of the season. It will be Antonio Conte's first match in charge and West Ham offer a difficult test for the Italian. The visitors have already played competitive fixtures this season as they have had to play in the qualifying rounds for the Europa League, which could mean they are fitter than Chelsea going into …
The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

For the second time in a week, England have managed an ignominious exit from Europe and Roy Hodgson, much like the hapless politicians, oversaw it without any cohesive plan. The humiliating defeat to Iceland was Hodgson’s final act as England manager and summed up his handling of this tournament. Yes, England did not have the best squad of players heading into Euro 2016, despite the hype, and their ceiling was probably a semi-final at best, but the way they were …
Can Chelsea bounce back this season?

Can Chelsea bounce back this season?

After a dismal start to the season under Jose Mourinho last year, Chelsea’s defence of their title got off to one of the worst starts in recent seasons of the Premier League. It led to the sacking of the Portuguese ‘Special One’ and saw the 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year become invisible in the space of six months. Eden Hazard’s fall from grace and the subsequent falling apart of his team-mates was met with astonishment and amusement by many …
Snubbed from PFA Team of the Season | Fabregas, Cazorla, Aguero left out!

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

Walker vs Clyne: Who is England's strongest right-back?

Walker vs Clyne: Who is England's strongest right-back?

After four wins from their opening four matches, it would take a catastrophe of, well, English proportions for Roy Hodgson's men to miss out on Euro 2016. A relatively straight forward match against Lithuania on Friday should make it five from five. Hodgson now has the luxury of building a squad for the tournament without jeapordising the qualifying campaign itself. Apart from Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney - who should be definite starters, barring injury or an inexplicable loss of …
Has Gary Cahill Declined This Season?

Has Gary Cahill Declined This Season?

Gary Cahill was superb last season and was a major part of Chelsea's strong defence. He went to the World Cup in great form and was considered England's best centre-half. Cahill still has that title, however he is losing his place at Chelsea, with former England captain outshining him this season, while French youngster Kurt Zouma is also making an impact on the first team. Many believe that Chelsea may opt to sign a new centre-back in the summer after …
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