Diego Forlan: What Antonio Conte must do with Chelsea players
The former Man United striker explains what Antonio Conte needs to do at Chelsea
Diego Forlan believes Antonio Conte needs to develop great chemistry with his Chelsea players.
The Blues are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and a point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side in the title race.
Conte has transformed Chelsea over the past couple of months after a mixed start to his Blues reign.
Chelsea suffered defeats by title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool in September after winning their opening three Premier League games.
However, the west London outfit have won their last six Premier League fixtures in style, scoring 17 times and keeping six clean sheets.
Former Manchester United striker Forlan explained what Conte will be trying to establish with his Chelsea squad over the coming weeks and months.
“Conte looks settled. His Juventus and Italy sides were built on a brilliant, experienced defence, which knew how to come out with the ball,” Forlan told The Nacional.
“They played a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2. They also had Andrea Pirlo, a key player, who could see everything and make crucial passes. He rarely lost the ball.
“Conte has started to play 3-4-3 in the Premier League and it is working, a surprise to English sides who are used to four defenders. He has played three at the back ever since that defeat to Arsenal. Without changing many of the players, he has got the team looking formidable.
“It is important that players have a chemistry with the manager and know what he is trying to do. I had a really good chemistry with Javier Aguirre, the current manager of Al Wahda, who I played under at Atletico Madrid.
“It is hard to explain, it just happens and if enough players feel the same you start to get a buzz about the squad.”
Chelsea have beaten Hull City, Leicester City, Manchester United, Southampton, Everton and Middlesbrough in their last six Premier League games.
The Blues will host Tottenham Hotspur in their next Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.