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How Chelsea could line up next season under Antonio Conte

Matt Law

Published 04/04/2016 | 21:25

Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte will attempt to bring his 3-4-3 formation to Chelsea next season after being confirmed as the club’s incoming head coach.

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Here, Matt Law looks at how Conte’s Chelsea team could line up in his new-look set-up if the club manage to land his  transfer targets.

Goalkeeper

Thibaut Courtois: The goalkeeper is the subject of interest from Real  Madrid and Barcelona, but Chelsea would demand around £70million to  let him go.

Defence

Kurt Zouma: Currently injured, Zouma is seen as the perfect fit for a  position on the right of Conte’s back three once he returns.

Defence

Leonardo Bonucci: Conte sees the Italian as the most likely  replacement to John Terry and the man to lead his new-look defence.

Defence

Kostas Manolas: Comfortable on the left side, Conte would like to add  Manolas to his squad to put pressure on Gary Cahill.

Midfield

Juan Cuadrado: Conte wants to bring the Colombian winger back from his  Juventus loan to operate up and down the right side.

Midfield

Cesc Fabregas: Chelsea’s chief creator will still play an integral  role under the club’s new head coach, having regained his best form.

Midfield

Radja Nainggolan: One of Conte’s main transfer targets, the Belgian  has been identified to provide energy in the centre of the pitch.

Midfield

Kenedy: The Brazilian is one of the youngsters Chelsea are keen for Conte to push following a promising debut season.

Attack

Willian: Chelsea’s best player this campaign will be relied upon heavily again by Conte, who will appreciate his hard work and  willingness to run.

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Edinson Cavani: With Diego Costa still hoping to leave, Conte has identified Cavani or Gonzalo Higuain as his targets for the out-and-out striker role.

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Eden Hazard: Despite the Belgian suffering an awful season, Chelsea  remain convinced Hazard can get back to his best under Conte.

Telegraph.co.uk

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