Pat Nevin reveals what Antonio Conte wanted from Chelsea
The former Chelsea midfielder runs the rule over Antonio Conte's tactics
Pat Nevin says Antonio Conte was desperate for Chelsea to keep a clean sheet at Hull City on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues were winless in their three Premier League games ahead of their trip to KCOM Stadium after a 2-2 draw with Swansea City was followed by a 2-1 loss to Liverpool and a 3-0 defeat by Arsenal.
However, Chelsea responded with a 2-0 win over Hull thanks to second-half goals from Brazil international Willian and former Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
Conte debuted his Chelsea back-three against Hull as Cesar Azpilicueta lined up alongside Gary Cahill and David Luiz in their last Premier League game ahead of the international break.
Former Blues winger Nevin explained Conte’s thinking behind his 3-4-3 system against Hull on the KCOM Stadium.
“Antonio certainly wanted a clean sheet more than anything else, which is the base idea behind three centre-backs and he achieved that zero after Chelsea’s name with some ease in the end,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.
“So after a week’s worth of hard graft and concentration the plan worked, but will it work as successfully against Leicester and Man United in the upcoming home games? This is the era we are now in.
“We might have to use adaptable systems that are quite radically different, with changeable personnel for each occasion.”
Conte’s Chelsea side are in seventh place in the Premier League table.
The Italian was appointed as Guus Hiddink’s permanent successor earlier this year after having led the Azzurri to the European championship quarter-finals.
Chelsea won their opening three Premier League games under Conte.