Since changing to 3-4-3 system, Chelsea have scored 16 goals without reply in five matches and Saturday’s attacking display against Everton was their best in years
It is now five consecutive victories for Chelsea since Antonio Conte switched to a 3-4-3 system – 16 goals scored, none conceded – and this was their most impressive attacking display for years, a wonderful demonstration of efficient turnovers, intelligent running and intricate interplay. If there was any doubt about the difficulty of switching from a four-man defence to a back three, you only needed to look at Everton.
Ronald Koeman surprisingly switched to a three-man defence, attempting to “match” Chelsea across the pitch. That makes sense when playing against a 3-5-2 system, as it provides a spare man at the back and equal numbers in midfield, but deploying a three-man defence against a front three is an extremely bold tactic – especially when facing quick, in-form attackers like Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez.
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