Having employed Antonio Conte – described as a ‘master tactician’ by Pep Guardiola – on-field strategy and possible formations was a hot topic over the summer for Chelsea.
And, seven games into the season, we’re still assessing what the Italian coach could be planning with his senior Blues squad.
Conte deployed a 3-4-3 in the 2-0 victory over Hull City in his side’s last Premier League meeting which, despite the inferiority of their opponents, seemed to work well.
But, if reports are to be believed, the 47-year-old isn’t entirely pleased with his options, particularly in defence.
Leonardo Bonucci has been linked with a £60m move to Stamford Bridge, and latest speculation suggests the Blues could propose a swap deal involving Eden Hazard.
So we’ve decided to take a look at a possible line-up for Chelsea, in a 3-4-3 formation, featuring a new trio of central defenders and no Hazard.
Check out the XI by scrolling through the slideshow above.