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Antonio Conte tries to get a point across to his players during Chelsea’s final-day win against Sunderland on 21 May. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
London – Chelsea’s domestic campaign ended on a sour note, with last Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal denying Antonio Conte the double in his first campaign at Stamford Bridge. But it is Conte who has been Chelsea’s superstar this season and his...
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Chelesea manager Antonie Conte and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the FA Cup final on May 28. (Getty Images)
London – Regardless of the result, this felt like a fitting end to the campaign – a match between two sides lining up with a three-man defense. It had, of course, been a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates in September which encouraged Antonio Conte to switch to his...
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Chelsea’s defensive system was flexible but it was most effective when Victor Moses, top, and Marcos Alonso pushed forward aggressively and effectively formed a front five. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian
London – Three-man Defences Unquestionably the Premier League’s dominant tactical trend was the three-man defence. A remarkable 17 of the 20 sides started with a back three at some point in the season, with only Southampton, West Bromwich and Burnley doggedly...
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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, left, could not escape the attentions of Ander Herrera, right, at Old Trafford, while Michael Carrick also came off the bench to help Manchester United close out the game. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA
London – José Mourinho’s Manchester United are not the first side to defeat Antonio Conte’s Chelsea or even the first side to defeat Conte’s Chelsea since their season-changing switch to 3-4-3 back in October but no other side has nullified Chelsea’s attacking...
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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will take the European champions to Naples for the first leg of their last-16 tie on 15 February. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
1) Manchester City v Monaco First leg 21 Feb Second leg 15 Mar Pep Guardiola will be content with this draw, but Monaco are among the most exciting sides in Europe and perhaps the most underrated team in the competition. Leonardo Jardim has created an exciting side...