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What Chelsea Will Expect From Conte Against West Ham


/ by Obiweluozo Martins
The Premier League have kicked off in sumptuous end eye catching manner with some interesting results as we look forward to the Premier League clash between London side Chelsea FC and West Ham United.

With the presence of star players like Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez ,Cesc Fabregas and John Terry, there is no hiding the fact that the Chelsea fateful are really very much expectant. The West Ham side are really not a push over in any way as they have the likes of Andy Carroll, Dimitri Payet to bank on coupled with the signing of impressive Ghanaian international talent Andre Ayew who Chelsea must be wary of bearing in mind his impact against Chelsea last season in the opening game with Swansea City as the blues drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

On this note we evaluate what to expect from the Antonio Conte”s Chelsea side against West ham United.


The Chelsea hierarchy as well as the fans all around the world would definitely demand one thing from the Chelsea side today which is a win against West Ham United. It is a London derby and that’s what makes it (Chelsea VS. West Ham) and the Premier league itself Interesting and this fixture is certainly not an exception.

The Stamford Bridge fans can’t just wait with their ticket intact ahead of the Kick off as all eyes and reviews are drawing towards a Chelsea win tonight and Conte must deliver as there is no hiding place at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea fans last year drew with Swansea City (Welsh side) 2-2 with the influence of Andre Ayew and even with the availability of the Ghanaian for the clash, which promises to be electrifying, as the Chelsea fans are not going to entertain anything less than victory.


The Chelsea football club today is a product of an architectural pattern outlined by Claudio Ranieri and particularly Jose Mourinho tactical approach to games which is embedded in cohesive defending and strong midfield connotation (the Lampard, Essien and Makalele combination) which ensures that Chelsea is difficult to break down in transition. This style had been upheld by several managers who have held sway at Stamford Bridge at one point in time.

The talismanic Carlo Ancelotti adopted this formula and was able to deliver the Premier league title and FA cup trophy (with a midfield three of Lampard, Essien and the ever present and reliable John Obi Mikel) in the three man midfield machine. Such is expected of Conte to keep the positive tradition on going with efficiency as Chelsea fans will want a clean sheet bearing in mind the trio of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and the ever reliable and devoted Caesar Azipilicueta.


The move of Italian manager Antonio Conte have been of somewhat interest particularly as regards to the system and formation dynamics the manager would employ at the bridge. With the Italian utilizing the likes of 3-5-2 formation and switching to different formation in the course of a game most eyes will be expecting to know what formation the 47years old Italian will be utilizing against West Ham.

At Juventus where the manager won the SERIE A Coach of the year award, he used the 3-5-2 system efficiently which is very common and typical because of the defensive trio of Leonardo Bonucci, Andreas Barzagli and the main man Giorgio Chiellini at the heart of the defence. Fortunately the manager utilized those three men at the back as they are all Italians but it is left to be seen how Chelsea will line up at the back and in the midfield position to suit Conte’s formation structure and team dynamics when the game is set for kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
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