Antonio Conte: This is what changed for Chelsea after Arsenal loss
Antonio Conte admits that Chelsea's losses to Arsenal and Liverpool prompted a big change for his team
Antonio Conte has admitted that he knew something needed changing at Chelsea after their back to back defeats by Liverpool and Arsenal early in the season.
Conte found himself under significant pressure at Stamford Bridge after his team lost back to back Premier League games to two of their rivals.
The Italian opted to switch his team to a 3-4-3 formation in the wake of that 3-0 loss to Arsenal in September and the Blues have since won all 11 of their next Premier League games.
The west London side are now flying high at the top of the Premier League table, having firmly established themselves as the favourites to win the title this season.
And Conte has lifted the lid on how the losses to Arsenal and Liverpool prompted a change in his thinking.
“After the defeat against Liverpool, and also against Arsenal, it changed something in me, in the players, in the club,” Conte is quoted as saying by The Daily Express.
“We understood the way to go and have a different season, compared to last season. We found the right solution, the formation, but also we improve the quality of our work in all aspects. After those two bad games, we changed a lot.
“I like to win, and to see my teams have two bad defeats – and we deserved those two bad defeats – I didn’t like that. I tried to find the right solution on the pitch, and off the pitch. We all deserve better than last season.
“In my mind, before the game against Liverpool, I understood our formation wasn’t right, and we paid for that. Against Arsenal I decided to change. Now we are playing with three central defenders. In the history of Chelsea, I don’t think this has ever happened.
“But to change it totally is not easy. You must go slowly, slowly, to put the idea across.”
Chelsea are currently gearing up for their Boxing Day clash against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge next week.