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Chelsea's Squad Review - Who Stays and Who Goes in Defence

Saturday 7th July 2018

Antonio Conte’s first season at Stamford Bridge was a tremendous success. They sped to the title leaving Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in their wake. However, with European football being added to their calendar in 2017, it was a different story altogether.

Conte likes to play with five defenders at the back. Though it’s popularised as 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation, the two wing-backs act as cover for the three central defenders while in their third. As a result, their defensive record and discipline are of paramount importance.

However, Chelsea’s losses to Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and West Ham United will indicate that all wasn’t well. By the end of the season, the Stamford Bridge club was ousted from the top four and had to settle for a fifth-place finish after a title-winning campaign.

In this part of the series, we’ll take a look at how Conte’s defenders fared this past season. We’ll also explore any news of incoming transfers or looming exits.

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Sayantan Dasgupta

Sayantan is a professional writer and freelance sports journalist writing for ItsRoundandItsWhite.co.uk, RealSports101, Sportskeeda and Open Veins of Football. He loves covering the Premier League and the Indian Super League and follows Manchester United and ATK (ISL).

He appreciates pragmatic football and unlike most, understands that the football's beauty lies not only in attack, but the balance between defense and attack. However, he does not forget the love, the flair, and drama of football. When not engulfed in the Premier League or the ISL, he loves to watch Italian Serie A and La Liga.


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