Antonio Conte’s implementation of a 3-4-3 formation has certainly done the trick at Chelsea, the Blues comfortably sweeping aside Hull City and Leicester – with an aggregate scoreline of 5-0 – in their last two Premier League fixtures.
The system, a variation of Juventus’ set-up under Conte and the formation Italy used at EURO 2016, is getting the best out of some of Chelsea’s best players, most notably Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and summer re-signing David Luiz.
However, it may well spell the end for one of the favourites at Stamford Bridge – captain, leader, legend John Terry. The veteran skipper was available for the 3-0 win against Leicester on Saturday but had to settle for a spot on the bench.
And whilst some may consider that as simply a precautionary measure after the 35-year-old’s recent injury lay-off, it may have also been a tactical decision on Conte’s part.
Indeed, Terry’s potential role in a three-man defence remains a worrying dilemma. He’s not quick enough for one of the wider positions, which often leaves centre-backs exposed one-on-one, whilst he’s not as effective coming onto the midfield as Luiz, which has made the Brazilian a real asset in the central role.
With that in mind, we have a simple question for Chelsea fans: is there a starting role for Terry in Chelsea’s new defensive system? Let us know your thoughts below, and we’ll publish the results later this week.