Graham Potter hints Chelsea’s new formation for the foreseeable future after Leeds & Dortmund wins
Graham Potter has made a strong hint over what formation Chelsea will play for the rest of the season.
After trying to persevere with a four-back system with the injury returns of Reece James and Ben Chilwell, Potter switched to a back-three against Leeds United and Borussia Dortmund – games which were defined as ‘make or break’ for the Blues following a dismal run of results since October.
Chelsea had success and won both matches in the last week, a system which was introduced during Antonio Conte’s tenure and eventually fine-tuned by Thomas Tuchel, who Potter replaced last September.
Potter had experimented with the back-three during the early weeks of his tenure, but it wasn’t until the beginning of March where he reverted back and had instant success.
Chelsea travel to the Midlands to face Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday looking to make it three wins in a row in all competitions, and Potter has strongly hinted that he will stick with the back three.
“Even in the two games we’ve had different back threes,” Potter told reporters on whether or not the squad is more geared towards that system.
“Benoit (Badiashile) played against Leeds and Marc (Cucurella) came in against Dortmund. We’ve played that at times this season. Thiago (Silva) getting injured against Tottenham meant we had to adjust things. So at the moment, I think it’s suiting us well and working.”
The Chelsea head coach: “As much as everyone is rightly focusing on the other end because we’ve not scored as many goals as we’d like, defensively we’re up there as one of the best in the Premier League. That is something to be positive about.
“But clearly, we need to get the other bit right because you need to be balanced and at the moment we’ve not done both sides of the game as well as we’d like.
“The attacking side is a little bit more difficult to do than the defending side, but consistency always helps.”
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