As the avid Chelsea followers would be already aware, for the past couple of seasons we have mostly rolled on with the 4-2-3-1 formation, this article explains why Jose Mourinho could deploy 4-3-3 formation this time around.
First of all let’s understand the difference between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3.
In the 4-2-3-1 formation, the team has four defenders on the pitch with two pivots or Central Defensive Midfielders whose job is to shield their defense. The front three are the Attacking Midfielders (1 CAM and two wingers who may interchange there position) and a lone forward. This is the formation we have been using in most of our games for previous three seasons or the post Carlo Ancelotti era.
In the 4-3-3 formation, the team has four defenders on the pitch along with a three central Midfielders instead of a two man pivot. The absence of pivot usually results in 1 of the CM dropping a bit deeper aka “MAKELE ROLE” while the other two CM’s playing mostly a box to box role (Lampard, Ballack). The front three usually have a forward in the middle with wingers on his either side.
So now after we understand the formations let’s get on with the advantages 4-3-3 might have over 4-2-3-1 THIS season: