REVEALED: Conte wants THREE more big signings at Chelsea to fit into a 4-2-4 formation next season.
Despite spending £33m on Michy Batshuayi in recent days, Antonio Conte wants THREE more big money signings to fit into a new 4-2-4 forma...
Plenty of people will have an opinion on how Chelsea will line-up tactically next season with many believing that he will adopt the three-centre back approach that has been so successful for him at Juventus and Italy. However, it's believed that Conte has studied the Chelsea squad as it is throughout the last few weeks of the Premier League season and has decided that a 4-2-4 formation is the best way forward based on the players he has. To try and implement three at the back takes a long time and Conte does not believe he has that this season.
It's 100% certain that no matter what he decided tactically, he was always looking at playing two strikers together up front which is something I have been longing for. The 4-2-3-1 approach has had it's day in my view and it's about time we change things. Even a 4-3-3 formation would have been better to use throughout last season with two wingers pushed up high alongside our main striker.
It's being reported that despite the big money move Michy Batshuayi will have to settle for a place on the bench and to start in Cup games this season to give him time to adjust to life in England and to the Premier League. Although surprising, it does make sense. At 22-years of age, the Belgian Striker will have plenty of time to get used to the pace and power of our game and hopefully really kick on in his season season.
The same reports state that now that Diego Costa has told his Chelsea teammates that he intends to start next season at Stamford Bridge and work under Conte which is fantastic news. It's about time he had someone up there with him to work hard and to hopefully create more space and opportunities to score next season. There is only so much one person can do up top against two opposing defenders and as we have seen, Costa is more than willing to put in the hard graft.
The only concern with Diego Costa is his hamstrings and the constant problems he seems to have every season. At some stage, he will be missing for a couple of weeks as it's certain the problem will flare up. You wonder if Chelsea have requested that he goes under the knife to sort the issue he has out once and for all? The levels of treatment and after care these players get these days compared to previously is second to none - 0% chance of anything going wrong with having to follow up with Medical Negligence Solicitors for example. If I was Chelsea, I would really push for it to get done ASAP.
Alvaro Morata remains a name that Antonio Conte desperately wants to sign this summer. Chelsea ARE in negotiations with Real Madrid but it's understood that the Spanish side want around £50m to secure his services - a remarkable £21m profit on what they have paid Juventus a week or so ago as they triggered the buy-back clause inserted into his contract.
If no agreement can be reached, Conte will turn his focus to Graziano Pelle of Southampton with Ronald Koeman at Everton also looking to sign him. If either of them come to Stamford Bridge, it would be Diego Costa and one other with Batshuayi in reserve.
In Midfield, Conte wants to work with the Cesc Fabregas / N'Golo Kante pairing which would be good in my opinion when you think about just how much ground Kante covers in that area. Cesc Fabregas isn't the most mobile in there or defensively sound either so it's important that we get those positions right. I say that based on how Nemanja Matic struggled to cover the areas left by Fabregas as well as his own last season. It was only when he had another defensive minded player next to him that he began to impose on the game.
It's in defence that Conte will not deviate. He intends to stick with a back four in the Premier League with Kalidou Koulibaly partnering Gary Cahill in the middle. With the likes of John Terry and Kurt Zouma also fighting for a start, it will be interesting to see what happens.
So here it is, the ideal Antonio Conte starting eleven in a 4-2-4 formation next season:
Courtois, Ivanovic, Koulibaly, Cahill, Azpiliceuta, Fabregas, Kante, Willian, Costa, Morata and Eden Hazard.
What do you think?