Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken yet another sly dig at Chelsea.
After saying the Blues won the Premier League last season after playing defensive football, the Portuguese manager has this time criticised Chelsea and Arsenal for using a 3-4-3 formation.
Labelled as ‘trendy’ by the club’s former manager, Mourinho stated that the formation is more of a back five, rather than just three centre-backs.
With Basel playing with a back five against the Red Devils in the Champions League last night, Mourinho took another little dig at Antonio Conte and the Blues over their formation.
“I think they follow the trendy tactic of five in the back that some of your colleagues like to call three but they are totally wrong, it is five,” said Mourinho after his side’s 3-0 win.
“They were very well organised, they tried to close every space and then after the 2-0, the coach changed to four in the back and gave more freedom to [Michael] Lang, but more players in attacking areas.
“They understood they changed their mentality and approach and then they showed their qualities they also have. I think the 3-0 is a little bit against the grain of the game in this period.
“But as I was saying before in the group phase any team can take points from the other team.”
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Antonio Conte has revealed his trusts for the players who started the Champions League game against Qarabag was the reason they got sir chance.
The Italian made five changes to his side in Chelsea’s opening Champions League game this season against the Azerbaijani side.
His changes included Andreas Christensen coming on for David Luiz and Gary Cahill, returning from a three match ban, coming in for Antonio Rudiger.
Michy Batshuayi also returned to the starting line up in place of Alvaro Morata while Willian also retuned. Summer signing Davide Zappacosta was used on the right wing position, replacing Victor Moses.
Conte’s fringe players all gave indications they were ready for the grueling season with goals and assist flying all over. Even those who failed to contribute to the six goals scored put in impressive performances.
Conte indicated he gave starts to these players to show his trust for them regardless of the opposition this season.
I wanted to give a good chance to Michy, and also to Christensen. To play in the Champions League means the coach trusts you. My message tonight was this. I trust all my players, not only with words but with facts.
For the first game in the Champions League I decided to start with rotation. Also because we have to start the process to improve our players. If we think we can play with 13 players like last season, we are crazy. Instead, we have to improve our players and try to create a good competition between them. A positive competition is very important.
–Antonio Conte, Chelsea FC
Chelsea are likely to return to their familiar looking starting line up against Arsenal next weekend with certain returns for Morata and Luiz.
Bakayoko could also push for a start and ahead of Willian, playing alongside Kante and pushing Cesc Fabregas forward, behind the lead striker.