They offered crosses into the box towards Diego Costa (Alonso far better than Moses). Antonio Conte's Chelsea comfortably cruised to Premier League glory last season and they did so using a fresh 3-4-3 formation, with wing-backs. Chelsea spent £200m on attackers - so why can't they score? [20] The game between Swansea and Southampton ended in a 1–0 away win for Southampton, which also meant that despite a five-game unbeaten run, West Bromwich Albion became the second team to be relegated to the Championship on 8 May 2018. Manchester City paid big money to Tottenham for Kyle Walker and Pep Guardiola has already received plenty of returns from the 27-year-old. They linked the outside centre-backs to the same-side wingers. We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. That was precisely what happened in the early 1980s with the birth of the wing-back. The widespread adoption of the back four had a major effect on English notions of attacking. This season he has joined in the attack more often, indicating either his or Antonio Conte’s plan for the future. The Chelsea director, Marina Granovskaia, has been in regular contact with Conte’s agent, Federico Pastorello, over the summer and the club hope the manager will sign his contract extension, worth £9.6m a year through to 2021, upon his return to London. Having started out as a winger at Old Trafford, Antonio Valencia has evolved into Manchester United's first-choice right-back as well as one of their most important players in recent seasons.

The W-M remained the dominant formation in English football for another 30 years. Manchester City's rampant attack has been grabbing the headlines this season, but their defence is often overlooked, despite managing to keep its fair share of clean sheets. And they used the central-midfielders as a recycle option, or to set up Cesc Fabregas to provide service to the forwards. With England, he would have even greater success by withdrawing the wingers on both sides. For England, Ray Wilson advanced as no other full-back ever had before.

Ciro Blazevic, Sepp Piontek and Carlos Bilardo all have claims to have come up with the idea. A pin-up, he was the first Argentinian to sign an advertising contract, promoting espadrilles. This is a list of notable players for Chelsea Football Club, whether or not they have a Wikipedia article.It generally includes only those players who made more than 100 appearances for the club, but also those who fell just short of 100 and made a notable contribution, members of the club's first ever side or were voted Player of the Year

[17], Despite the defeat, Burnley finished in seventh place, their best finish in English football since 1973–74. That may be one of the reasons why this is on course to be the highest-scoring season in Premier League history. Bereft of the simple offside trap, teams needed a different defensive strategy and so pulled back the centre-half. At the highest level they’re all laterals now. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. Having Pedro as a wing-back illustrates – rather than ameliorates – Chelsea’s shallowness at that position. The result, in the 1960s, was the great age of the attacking left-back: not just Nilton Santos but also the Argentinian Silvio Marzolini and the Italian Giacinto Facchetti. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Chelsea FC and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. “I am told if we are to survive the rigours of the World Cup,” he wrote glumly, “we must forget individualism, the brilliant flashes of inspiration which transform a treadmill into a flying machine, the genius which transmutes a muddied oaf into a booted genius.”. Chelsea’s attempts to appease their manager, Antonio Conte, will see them step up efforts to strengthen … Chelsea’s 3-4-3 last season used the wing-backs to connect play in three directions. [19], Stoke City were the first team to be relegated to the EFL Championship when they lost 1–2 to Crystal Palace in their penultimate game. Brazil’s Nilton Santos, right, tackles Sweden’s Kurt Hamrin during the 1958 World Cup final in Sweden. When either Marcos Alonso or Victor Moses are out of the lineup, Antonio Conte plays musical chairs to fill the wing-back slot. Diego Costa, Eden Hazard feature in Chelsea’s highs and lows against Swansea City, Leonardo Bonucci makes for good rumours but not good transfer business at Chelsea, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard feature in Chelsea's highs and lows against Swansea, Chelsea FC’s 50 Greatest Players Of All-Time, Chelsea FC’s Top 30 Transfers Of All Time, Chelsea FC’s Top 20 Goals Of The Roman Abramovich Era, Thiago Silva is the key to fixing Chelsea’s defensive mishaps, The stats you need to know ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford, Chelsea: Frank Lampard answers critics in Sevilla stalemate, Chelsea: Four lessons learned from tight draw with Sevilla, Chelsea player ratings: A fine draw masks tired legs, Chelsea's experimentation at wing-back seemingly overlooks Kenedy's return, Report: Conte drops Diego Costa from Chelsea squad amid conflict, China offer, Stan Collymore imagines football history, ignores his own, to insult Eden Hazard, Antonio Conte is at Chelsea to win, not "to make all the players happy", 30 Greatest Teams in Premier League History, The 5 Greatest Barcelona Players of All Time, 20 Greatest European Championship Moments. Ake needs to be comfortable with Antonio Conte’s defensive system so Chelsea can play Ake, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma together at the first available opportunity. He has slowed down in the new year, but the Clarets are sure to get back into their stride soon and Mee remains a decent bargain option. Last modified on Wed 21 Feb 2018 14.19 GMT. Cesar Azpilicueta is the most likely player to emulate Victor Moses’ conversion to wing-back. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images). In Brazil, the shift of shape went hand-in-hand with the development of zonal marking. The Fantasy Premier League game on the Premier League's official website is also a popular choice for fantasy managers, but whatever game you use, we've taken a look at some of the best fantasy football defenders, including a few bargains to consider! Transfers: Overview of all signed and sold players of club Chelsea for the current season. Conte brought Pedro off shortly after he scored. Catterick was edging towards the back four and by 1966-67, even the notably conservative Matt Busby had adopted a 4-2-4 at Manchester United, dropping Nobby Stiles in alongside Bill Foulkes.

If this was modern football, the columnist Peter Wilson declared in the Mirror, he wanted no part of it. [12][13][14][15] They won their fifth English league title, and completed their second league and League Cup double in four years. [21] Following their 1–2 defeat at the hands of Stoke on the final matchday, Swansea City were also relegated.[22]. Manchester City won their third Premier League title, and fifth English top-flight title overall, with five games to spare. Income/Expenditure Arrivals/Departures Fee; Income: 22: €55.00m : Expenditure: 27: €247.20m : Overall balance €-192.20m Cesar Azpilicueta is deployed mainly as part of a back three at Chelsea last season, meaning he does not have as much of an opportunity to get forward as he would have in previous seasons, but he still manages to chip in with his share of assists and goals. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. Presumably this is a sign of his place in Antonio Conte’s plans. Once the full-back had tasted freedom, though, there was no going back.

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