Chelsea boss basically confirms 3-5-2 formation for Leicester game

Antonio Conte has had a busy few days. Even though club football has been off the agenda, the Italian has been in the headlines amid a spate of bets made regarding him being the next Premier League manager set for the sack.

Conte has only been in charge of Chelsea for eight competitive matches, of which he’s won five, and his only losses have been at the hands of Liverpool and Arsenal – two of English football’s in-form teams.

Football really is crazy sometimes. The ex-Juventus and Italy manager will be glad to get back to actual weekend duties, we would guess, but he’s made more headlines today by letting slip his tactics for the Leicester game.

When discussing his central defensive options, Conte said he will be picking three from four, which is a huge hint that the 3-5-2 formation his used at Hull a few weeks ago will be back:

“It’s important for me to see every day the shape, every day the situation,” he is quoted by Metro.

“Tomorrow I have four central defenders and I have to take a decision for three, I have to value the situation – one must go on the bench.

“I love the players who always show a good spirit. I prefer that they have an English spirit because it’s very strong.

“I need them [the defenders] to attack the striker and be fast to cover the space.”