John Terry: Antonio Conte spoke to Chelsea players about change in tactics
The Chelsea captain lifts the lid on how Antonio Conte discussed his tactics with the club's senior players
John Terry has revealed that Antonio Conte did discuss changing Chelsea’s formation with his senior players.
The Blues have been in impressive form in the Premier League so far this season after a return of 11 successive top-flight victories.
Chelsea etched out a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace thanks to Diego Costa’s first-half winner at Selhurst Park last weekend.
The west London side are six points clear of their closest rivals Liverpool in the title race.
However, Chelsea made a suspect start to the season after Conte’s side failed to win a game in September as the Italian started with a 4-3-3 formation.
The former Juventus manager opted to switch to 3-4-3 following their 3-0 loss to Arsenal at The Emirates and the move has paid dividends after 11 straight wins.
Speaking on Soccer AM ahead of Chelsea’s home clash against Bournemouth on Boxing Day, Terry lifted the lid on Conte’s discussions with his experienced players about their best tactical approach.
“He did it pre-season so we worked on a few formations and tactics. Naturally you ask the older players’ opinions in training,” Terry said.
“If you’re a younger player in the group you nod your head and get on with it. the experienced players give their thoughts and feelings. He decided to go with 4-3-3 which we’ve been playing the last three or four seasons.
“Losing the way we did away to Arsenal, it was like right we have to go his way and what he knows. It’s worked perfectly since.”
Terry added: “All the top managers I’ve worked with have always welcomed our thoughts and opinions.”
Chelsea finished in tenth place in the Premier League last season.