Chelsea’s brand new formation was unveiled at West Brom

West Brom 0 – Chelsea 4

On Monday morning West Brom acted.

After the 4-0 drumming at the hands of Chelsea on Saturday, West Brom sacked manager Tony Pulis.

Next weekend the Baggies head to Wembley to take on Spurs.

Related: Tottenham v West Brom – Baggies boss revealed.

For perhaps the first significant time this season, the partnership between Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard was purring for Chelsea at the Hawthorns.

Hazard’s shot was scored on the rebound by Morata as Chelsea took the lead.

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And West Brom’s defence were bamboozled by Morata’s slick pass to Hazard to tee up the second.

Chelsea capped their win with further goals from Marcos Alonso and Hazrad’s second of the game.

Antonio Conte’s brand new formation

Everyone remembers last season’s Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Gunners beat the Blues at the Emirates Stadium in a pivotal match in Chelsea’s season.

On that occasion, Antonio Conte switched from four at the back to three at the back. Chelsea haven’t looked back since.

On Monday, well-versed Chelsea reporter Dan Levene has reported on what could be another big tactical switch from Conte.

It’s argued that the Blues rolled out a new formation at West Brom, as Conte lined up his team in a 3-5-2 formation. Levene explained the tactical upgrade as follows:

If you couldn’t quite put your finger on what was different, the Italian dropped a post-match clue: talking of the two strikers in his side.

At The Hawthorns, and in flashes on other recent occasions, we’ve seen something slightly different – and the main distinction lies in better use of Hazard’s forward energy.

The five-man midfield also creates space for Cesc Fabregas – underused last season.

Some have claimed this 3-5-2 is Conte’s ‘preferred’ formation, but the Blues boss has always insisted against this: he is an engineer who uses the tools available to him, in order to find the best solution. Finally this season, that solution is at his disposal.

Also see: Alvaro Morata reveals the secret behind his West Brom goal celebration.

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