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  1. Moses could very easily be benched. He has been mediocre for quite a while. Ideally with a 3 CB setup the 2 flanking ones should be adept at playing out wide. Azpilicueta is therefore perfect and Luiz would be great on the left. I'd still like us to sign a top midfielder (dream signing: Koke), top winger, RB/RWB and a usable backup striker. If Conte does not improve the quality of football, as soon as the results don't go his way I fear the board will once again be quick on the draw.
  2. Mourinho was not lying about a team of 11 Azpilicuetas...
  3. No the team as whole went off the boil and there were fabregas sized holes appearing all around him. He was still pretty solid. There was no masking anything during that period. His positioning and reading of the game was outstanding. And as I said previously, it was some of the best work I've seen. I honestly thought we'd have to wait quite a while for someone to reach those heights... and then came Kante.
  4. This is not Matic at his best. The first 18 months of his return had some of the best defensive midfield displays I've ever seen.
  5. We don't have to wait for Sanchez. Play Pedro there now and Willian on the right. Costa has had some great moments here but wow... Conte really has to try something else.
  6. He's been short of confidence in this small blip and trying a bit too hard. It's quite evident. He's been feeding off scraps really. But in the grander scheme of things I've seen a fair amount of improvement from him.
  7. Agreed. And he doesn't really lose the ball all that much. It's just very noticeable when we're struggling for possession. His hold up play has improved quite a bit though. He's much more at ease with receiving the ball under pressure compared to when he arrived.
  8. Made even better by the fact that he still gives you energy even if he hits a rough patch. The team never carries him.
  9. Agree with you, except about the degree of difference between the two. Alonso looked cumbersome in a 4 backline as well. Also the the attributes which give Alonso an advantage over Baba are negated somewhat by the position he would play in the system, so I'd still like to see how he would do. I feel we can swop Alonso out for a more aggressive WB and a DM for a more rounded player (Nainggolan?) to improve our quality. We can get harassed by a high press because the back 7 has only Luiz as a technically gifted player (Matic in form as well).
  10. I wouldn't say 'a lot' as Alonso is not a great defender either. But yes Alonso he has the experience, stamina, and positional sense which makes him well-rounded and flexible, useful when we switch to a back four during certain transitions.
  11. Stronger and quicker than Cahill and at least as good a passer. Also I've never seen a more dominant player in the air at his age. He will push for a place for sure. The only problem is that the perfect player for Cahill's position is Luiz. Someone like Koulibaly would be ideal for the centre.
  12. Not only that but he's quicker than Alonso and better technically. Would love to see him in this setup.
  13. He has been very good. I hope the club sign a midfielder to challenge him next season though. Kante is arguably already irreplaceable, but an upgrade on Matic would take us to the next level (offensively).
  14. There is no room for Terry starting in the current setup unless it's a dead game/cup tie. You need decent pace across the backline. I don't think Cahill is great at all but he makes sense given the players available to Conte. I've grown quite fond of him actually. He's a solid squad member who always gives 100%.
  15. We've heard numerous managers (Conte and Mourinho included ) say that the formation is not important, it's about application from the players. So the success of the 343/3421 had me thinking - Praise for the formation change is coming from all corners, but has it had an actual effect or is it a placebo? We're in fact still playing with two recognised CBs, 2 recognised FBs, 2 CMs and 3 AMs. So the change in the level of performance must be more than just a clockwise nudge of the 4321. We have Terry out - team can play a higher line. We have Ivanovic out - actual support down the right flank. And subsequently, pace and energy all over the park. And the formation change has seen: Azpilicueta playing on the right. A player roaming the left flank who is comfortable on the ball and LEFT footed. Luiz having two players covering either side and the entire pitch open for his vision. Hazard playing more centrally So we've had a combination of factors that have just allowed the team to click into gear. It's still far from perfect though. Going forward I'd like to see Luiz in Cahill's position as the flanking CBs have some license to drive forward which would suit him. Unfortunately there's no room for Terry in this setup if you're wanting the same impact. Still, these are exciting times :)