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Chelsea ready to switch from title-winning 3-4-3 to fresh tactics as their top-six rivals battle to catch up

by July 27, 2017 General

Marcos Alonso has revealed Chelsea will change their tactics for the new season to stay one step ahead of their title rivals, writes Darren Lewis in Singapore .

The 3-4-3 system used by Antonio Conte enabled the Italian to make the most of the players at his disposal after an uncertain start to his debut year.

The formation was adopted by many of the champions’ rivals once it’s effectiveness was established at Stamford Bridge. But Alonso revealed boss Conte is now working on different systems now that he is assembling his own players.

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The defender said: “We are working on new things this year to improve as a team. [It was] not only Chelsea [that used this system]. it’s an old Italian system that worked very well last year.

“It’s normal that other teams are trying to play like this, depending on the players you have. It’s good to play in different ways.

“Football forgets everything very quick. It’s already time to think about the next season and do better than last year.”

Chelsea were wobbling last September after successive losses to Liverpool and, above, Arsenal

The Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Liverpool have all broken their transfer records this summer as they prepare to try and topple Chelsea next season.

Alonso maintains the Blues, who have also paid their highest fee ever for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, are also steeling themselves for the challenge of the teams outside the top six.

Everton, West Ham and Leicester have spent big in one the most frenzied transfer market English football has ever seen.

He added: “It’s been a crazy summer.

Like several of their rivals this window, Chelsea paid their highest fee ever to get Morata

“Teams are spending big money, compared to other years. It’s getting more and more expensive with time. If they have the money they can do whatever they want.

“We need to be ready to play against every team.

“We are Chelsea. We will have to fight for every competition. The squad will be more or less the same as last season with some very good new players who will help. We are ready to take anyone.”

Alonso could lose his own place in the team, despite being a regular in the title-winning side, with Conte still keen to potentially break that new transfer record set by the Morata deal with a move for £70million-rated Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.

Juve left-back Sandro could be Chelsea’s second record buy of the summer

But the former Bolton and Sunderland man has warned the Brazilian that he will not be giving up his shirt without a fight.

“I will just keep training, keep improving, keep doing well for the team and keep fighting,” he said.

“This is Chelsea. We play in four competitions this year, so many games and competition can only be good for me and for the team.”

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