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Antonio Conte needs to strip everything back to the basics that won us the league last season.

After Chelsea's woeful defensive performance last night, and that being in addition to the most part of this season with the amount o...


After Chelsea's woeful defensive performance last night, and that being in addition to the most part of this season with the amount of goals we have conceded, Antonio Conte must strip everything back to the defensive foundations that brought us Premier League glory last season.

That's my view on our whole situation. Everything last night was wrong from the team selection, to the formation and the players individual performances which, as you can imagine, have been dissected in every corner of the media and press this morning.

The amount of goals we are conceding is scandalous. Roma have put SIX passed us in two games demonstrating that we have major, major problems that must be addressed ahead of Jose Mourinho and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this Sunday.

The problem we have had is that we have not had a settled back three if you consider that both David Luiz and Gary Cahill had to serve three match suspensions. All this chopping and changing personnel playing them in different positions has not helped us to try and get to grips with our defensive shape.

Toni Rudiger was all over the place last night playing on the left hand side of our defensive three. He pushed up into midfield numerous times, finding himself caught out of position when Roma won the ball back in midfield and exposed the area of the pitch he should have been protecting.

Now I like Rudiger and his athleticism but last night was a major flag for me with him. In the big games such as last night, you must retain your defensive shape and your discipline. These teams will hurt you in a single moment with any form of defensive lapse and their second goal is demonstration of that point.

Thibaut Courtois stated that he called for the ball to be cleared away but Rudiger misheard his call and let the ball go passed him. That's the uncertainty I am talking about, players are still trying to get used to him as he is playing alongside them and building that form of relationship takes time.

Starting Cesar Azpilicueta as a wing-back is not an option for me anymore because he has become so important. Why buy Davide Zappacosta as cover for Victor Moses if you are not going to play him? In my view he should have started.

Now people moan and groan about Gary Cahill which I will never understand as I beg to differ. He gets stuck in, he puts his body on the line and he formed a fantastic defensive line playing alongside David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta last season. That MUST be installed as the starting three from now on because they know each others games and understand each other. This will bring some cohesion on Sunday and will give Thibaut Courtois confidence having these three in front of him.

It's distinctly obvious that we miss N'Golo Kante in our midfield and his energy. It's also very clear that Cesc Fabregas cannot play as part of a two-man midfield against good opposition. Time and time again he became exposed as did Tiemoue Bakayoko. What should of happened is that Antonio Conte needed to have put three players in the middle of midfield with Eden Hazard playing in behind Alvaro Morata. Danny Drinkwater should have come in next to Bakayoko and Fabregas to sure things up in that area.

I would adopt this formation on Sunday but play Kante in there in place of Fabregas next to Bakayoko and Drinkwater. It will give us a defensive foundation to hopefully close down any space in behind our midfield that has been exploited time and time again this season so far.

There is only one way to sort this situation out and to sort our our calamitous defending - revert back to type. For me it's the only answer. 

ChelseaFan12.com

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