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Conte: Tactical gamble paid off

Chelsea boss relived call worked vs Stoke

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed he was relieved when he tactical gamble vs Stoke paid off yesterday.

With the game finely balanced at 1-1 and the sides seeming set to share the points, Conte made the decision to change from his 3-4-3 formation.

Not wanting to settle for just 1 point, Conte replaced wing-back Victor Moses with midfielder Cesc Fabregas with 20 minutes remaining, reverting to a back four.

The gamble paid off, with Gary Cahill’s winner with 3 minutes to go proving crucial and winning the points for the Blues,

“It’s not the first time – it happened also against Burnley,” Conte said of his tactical tinkering.

“During the game, when you want to take more risks, when you want to try and take three points and not only one, you try to change.

“But, when you change, for sure there is a greater possibility to score the goal but also to concede a goal. You must know this and then sometimes I prefer to decide to risk it to try to take three points.

“In other situations I prefer to keep the result.”

 

By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10