Written by Alex Honcoop
Chelsea won their third consecutive match against a struggling Manchester United side on Sunday. It was a disappointing return to Stamford Bridge for former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Chelsea played well in every aspect as they are now well and truly back in the title race. Man United, on the other hand, are still just about in the title race but things will have to dramatically change if they are going to fight for the League title.
The Wing Backs
Early in the second half away to Arsenal, Antonio Conte switched formation to a slight variation of his well-known 3-5-2. The result has been that Chelsea have not conceded a goal since. The two Wing Backs are very key players in this system. Those two players have the freedom of a wide midfielder, but also the defensive responsibilities of a more orthodox Full Back.
When Alonso completed his switch from Fiorentina on deadline day, I was very happy as he has come off a brilliant season and also has experience playing as a Wing Back. On the other hand, I didn’t expect Victor Moses to suit that role as a Wing Back, but nevertheless, he has been absolutely superb thus far.
The new formation has also gotten the best out of N’Golo Kante. The French Midfielder was playing on his own with no other midfielder next to him, and appeared to be struggling a little. With the new formation, Kante has definitely been back to his best by winning the ball back on numerous occasions. He did this to very good effect against a United midfield including ninety million pound Paul Pogba.
Nemanja Matic has been the man playing next to Kante for most of this season. Although his performances have definitely improved in recent weeks, Matic still shouldn’t be a first team regular in my opinion. I think that both Chalobah and Fabregas would be better options in that role. Chalobah has been knocking on the door for years and I strongly feel that he should be a first-team regular by now.
After three wins in a row while conceding zero goals in the process, Chelsea are now very much in the title race. The performances have dramatically improved in recent weeks and although I can’t see Chelsea winning the League, they are definitely still in with a chance. Personally, I think the Blues will end up third behind Arsenal and Manchester City, with the latter coming first.
Chelsea fans, does this result make you title contenders? Is a lot down to the formation? Let us know in the comments below!