How could Bakayoko & Antonio Rudiger fit? Chelsea’s new look 3-4-3 formation in 2017/18

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Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9.

Chelsea are on the verge of signing Tiemoué Bakayoko  from Monaco and Antonio Rudiger from Roma. Antonio Conte has silently gone about this summer’s business but has been very astute so far. Both Bakayoko and Rudiger are solid players who will reinforce Chelsea’s defensive prowess. Antonio Conte is expected to stick to the back 3 formation and even all his signings point towards him continuing with the back three. Nemanja Matic is expected to leave Chelsea and sign for Manchester United but Conte has quickly plugged the gap with the impending signing of Bakayoko. Let’s take a look at how Chelsea’s formation for 2017/18 season will shape up to be.

Chelsea Formation 2017/18

A Bakayoko-Kante midfield will be fearsome with their immense energy and physical strength and will be the spine of Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation. Conte will most likely play Fabregas in the easier games and Bakayoko in the big games. It is surprising that there are no rumours regarding Fabregas’ future as a player of his standard should ideally not be happy at a club where he is not a first team player regularly.

Antonio Rudiger can play as an CB and thanks to his pace and excellent ability on the ball can fit in at RB as well. Conte will use him most probably at Center Back allowing Cesar Azpillicueta to play as the right back which is his natural position. Conte will have a solid first choice defense with quality backups but he knows that he needs a striker to have any chance of retaining the league again.

It is clear that the relationship between Conte and Diego Costa has completely broken down and the Spaniard will leave this summer. The rumour mill suggests that Antonio Conte is interested in bringing back Romelu Lukaku but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea’s board will sanction such an expensive deal.

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