The 3-4-3 formation was not Antonio Conte’s first or second choice for Chelsea, but his fourth option. And the formation has proved a success for Chelsea.
The blues started the season quite well, recording three straight wins, only to draw against Swansea and lose to Liverpool and Arsenal to set them back.
Conte tinkered with tactics in his first four months at the helm of the London club, before switching to the 3-4-3 after the heavy loss to Arsenal.
It was the fourth system he had tried with his team and Chelsea have picked up five league wins in succession.
Conte told Chelsea’s official website: “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.
“But 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.
“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.
“I thought it would improve us offensively as well as defensively and we didn’t lose our offensive situation.
“In this way we have increased it because we scored many goals and created a lot of chances to score the goals and also if you maintain the clean sheet, I think this is the right way.”