Whenever a new manager joins the Premier League, it’s always interesting to see what tactics they plan on using.
For Chelsea fans, they got a glimpse of Antonio Conte’s philosophy during Euro 2016 as he led his Italian side to the quarter-finals. During the tournament, Conte opted for an effective 3-5-2 system - a formation he also used to great success during his time at Juventus.
However, it doesn’t seem as though the entertaining Italian will be using those tactics at Stamford Bridge next season. That’s according to Chelsea midfielder Oscar who has revealed the unusual formation the Blues are likely to play.
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“The idea is to play 4-2-4,” he said, per the Daily Mail.
“We tried this every day in training - we’re getting better.”
While the Chelsea players may be strangers to this system, Conte certainly isn’t. The boss used the attacking formation during his spells in charge of both Bari and Siena and it seems that he will return to those tactics in the upcoming season.
So, if Oscar is telling us the truth, this is how we expect Chelsea to line-up during the next campaign.
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Right back - Cesar Azpilicueta
Centre back - John Terry
Centre back - Gary Cahill
Left back - Baba Rahman
Centre midfield - N’Golo Kante
Centre midfield - Cesc Fabregas
Left forward - Eden Hazard
Right forward - Willian
Striker - Diego Costa
Striker - Michy Batshuayi
Of course, Conte is highly likely to add to his Chelsea squad before the season begins - especially across the back four. He may have already splashed the cash on Kane and Batshuayi but, according to the Mirror, Conte has told Roman Abramovich that he needs five more players before the end of the transfer window.
While Chelsea may have been slightly negative towards the latter stages of Jose Mourinho's reign , it appears Conte plans on playing very attacking and exciting football.
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