The fixtures for the 2016/2017 EPL season have been released and we have some exciting matches on the very first match day. Liverpool versus Arsenal definitely tops that list alongside some exciting match ups. Antonio Conte’s first test will also be coming up on August 13, and he will be facing new stadium owners in West Ham. Here is how a new 3-5-2 formation that features some new faces could be like on match day 1 and on subsequent (very) important games.
The Belgian shot stopper has expressed that he will remain at the Stamford Bridge, and he is sure to retain his position in-between the stick for the new season. Despite the Mandanda links as Begovic’s exit looks imminent, Courtois’ place won’t come into question. Whatever the case might however be, the Marseille goalie is a great and quality cover.
KURT ZOUMA. JOHN STONES. GARY CAHILL
Conte’s back 3 at Juve and Italy is known to consist a central defender that is very much ball-playing. He might not be able to lure his charge, Leonardo Bonucci from Turin, but John Stones can still do the job well. The Everton youngster is linked with a summer exit from the Goodison Park despite seeing 3 transfer requests rejected last summer. He might come at a huge fees, but he will definitely suit perfectly into the 3-man rear guard given his football abilities defensively and attackingly. Zouma is set to return to action next month after sitting out for months due to an ACL tear. Already accustomed to playing on the right side of the central defence, he will have to extend to right back too. Gary Cahill should complete the defense trio at the left side and the likes of Baba Rahman and John Terry will be on hand to provide necessary cover and backup.
WILLIAN. NAINNGGOLAN. HAZARD. FABREGAS. AZPILICUETA
Azpilicueta’s ability to serve as a left winger makes him the choice full-back for that position. Combining the defensive and attacking duties wouldn’t be an issue for the Spain international. On the other end could be Willian. The Brazilian’s pace makes him a great asset for Conte’s style of play and Willian sure has what it takes to play there. Raja Nainngolan remains the coach’s favorite for the defensive midfield role. Able to cover for the back 3 and also provide attacking cover for the central midfield duo, the Belgium international can definitely do a better job than Mikel and Matic in that position. Fabregas and Hazard should slot into the central midfield positions comfortably. Both had a bad season last term but still remain quality players by all standards. They should play crucial roles in the Conte-led team next season.
Morata is definitely leaving Juve by summer as Madrid are keen to sell him for profit by exercising their buy-back option. Chelsea are forerunners to land him and he will pair Diego Costa upfront if he arrives. Costa might have been linked with a return to the Vicente Calderon, but his chances of moving are actually low as Conte is set to convince him to remain in the club. His aggressive style of play is needed in such formation and despite a poor campaign last term, the Brazilian-born Spaniard has enough firepower to lead his side to glory once again.