Pat Nevin makes bold prediction about Antonio Conte and Chelsea

The former Chelsea winger runs the rule over Antonio Conte's defence

Pat Nevin doesn’t believe Antonio Conte will play a back three in Chelsea’s next Premier League game against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues manager started with an orthodox four-man defence in his opening five top-flight games in charge of the west London side which led to a yield of 10 points from a possible 15.

Conte switched to three centre-halves during the second of Chelsea’s emphatic 3-0 loss to bitter north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last month.

The Italian manager started with his trademark three centre-halves at the back for Saturday’s trip to the KCOM Stadium and the tactical move paid dividends after a 2-0 victory.

However, former Chelsea winger Nevin is adamant that Conte would prefer to avoid a three-man defence and doesn’t expect the Blues head coach to persist with the formation for the visit of the Premier League champions Leicester at the Stamford Bridge on 15 October.

“​He [Conte] will play a back three again this season. But I don’t think he’ll play it next week at home to Leicester, or at home to Manchester United,” Nevin told Irish radio station Newstalk.

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Chelsea finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season.

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