Chelsea’s tactics for their upcoming Premier League campaign have been revealed, according to The Sun.
The news outlet claims to have obtained the blueprint for Chelsea’s season, with the picture published on their website displaying an attacking 4-2-4 formation.
The tactical drawings depict Antonio Conte’s line-up for his first game in charge of Chelsea against Rapid Vienna, where they lost 2-0. Conte has employed different formations during his managerial career, including playing three at the back during Italy’s Euro 2016 campaign, so such a formation may not be such a surprise come the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
Several players are missing from the line-up, such as Eden Hazard, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas, presumably due to their Euro 2016 commitments.
Conte’s Chelsea will clearly look to be offensive right from kick-off, with the drawings depicting four players acting in forward positions. Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek acted as conventional strikers, while Willian and Victor Moses played on the right and left wings respectively.
With four players up front, that left John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic as the two playing in holding midfield, a position in which new signing N’Golo Kante is expected to start in for the Blues in the upcoming season.
And when discussing the Frenchman, Conte was pleased that Kante was able to play alongside another in midfield, as displayed by his formidable partnership with Danny Drinkwater during Leicester’s title triumph in 2015-16.
“We identified him, me and the club together, and I think Kante can give a lot to Chelsea, to enforce a zone which is very important if we want to play with two central midfielders,” Conte said.
“He showed last season he’s able to play with another midfielder. I think with this player we’ve reinforced the squad.”
Chelsea have managed to recruit Kante without the lure of European football for the upcoming 2016-17, as Antonio Conte prepares for his first season in English football.