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‘These three players are the reason I changed to a 3-4-3 – Antonio Conte

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Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 has been a big success at Chelsea

Antonio Conte has admitted that it was the attacking midfield of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian who helped him change to a 3-4-3 formation earlier in the season.

Conte made special mention of Hazard, Pedro and Willian when he explained how he came to find the right fit for players he had available on hand to him at Stamford Bridge.

‘I tried to start with four at the back. In my mind this team could play with 4-2-4 and we tried a lot during pre-season to play with this system,’ he told the Premier League Show.

‘We started this season very well because we won three games in a row. Sometimes you can win but you can see it’s not right. Because in every game we conceded many chances to score to the opponent.

‘I tried to change the system. I tried first of all to give a good balance in my team. Don’t lose offensively, but to have a defensively situation more correct.

‘And there were players with this characteristics. When you have a good winger and a good number 10 – Hazard, Pedro, Willian – I knew in my head we can change, we can find this new system.’

 

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