Chelsea had a torrid 2015-16 season. It led to the sacking of Mourinho mid-way and for the rest of the season, Guus Hiddink worked with the club. For 2016-17 season, Chelsea has appointed Antonio Conte as the manager, based on his impressive resume. Moreover, Chelsea has also completed a couple of key signings in Michy Batshuahi and N’Golo Kante and more might be in the pipeline. With what we have seen from the pre-season matches and interviews, here are 5 things we can expect from Chelsea this season.
5) Striker Formation:
The first signing of the Italian for his new club was Michy Batshuahi. Based on the performances of last season, it was obvious that Chelsea had pressing needs at other areas (read as defence). However, Conte decided to spend on a central forward in the form of Batshuahi. Currently there are rumours of a record bid for Lukaka as well. All these point towards the direction that he is not going to play with Chelsea’s usual 1 striker formation. The pre-season matches demonstrated this rightly, as Batshuahi and Costa combined to good effect.
Batshuahi is expected to parter either of Costa/ Lukaku (should Costa depart). We also got glimpses of Bertrand Traore and Ruben Loftus Cheek in the forward positions. Hence, we can expect a 2 striker formation from Chelsea this season.