The Blues have won a club-record 12 consecutive Premier League matches since the Italian switched to a 3-4-3 formayion.
Much has been written and spoken about Conte’s apparent tactical genius but Forlan, who played against Conte’s Juventus side in Italy when at Inter Milan, believes the main reason for the winning form of the league leaders is that the playing group have united strongly since their disastrous title defence under Jose Mourinho last season.
“Much has been made of Conte playing three at the back and how effective this has been since he switched to it after a difficult start,” he wrote in his column for The National.
“I do not buy into these tactical obsessions that occupy so much space in the media.
“Football is a really simple game and the most important thing, in any formation, is that the players do their jobs, not the formation which they play in.
“All of the usual formations have advantages and disadvantages, but none would work without the magic of the players.
“Systems, coaches and directors or club presidents do not win games — players do, they are the only people who can make a significant difference once that game starts.
“Chelsea should enjoy the moment and hope that it continues until they have won the league, because as they saw last season, confidence can plummet after a few bad results and a team can go into a spin where nothing goes right, no matter which players you have.
“Unlike now, you just have to hope that your most experienced players can play you out of a slump because it is no time to start young players.
“It is the opposite of where they are now and just as much credit should be given to Chelsea‘s players for the team’s current success as to the manager who is currently receiving so much of the praise.”