With the table finely poised and subplots everywhere, it is no wonder the Premier League pantomime still holds the spotlight
It was another autumn international break, almost exactly five years ago, that ignited Chelsea’s push to their most recent Premier League title. It is a little startling that what seems now like a mundane shift of shape, Antonio Conte’s quantum leap from two to three central defenders, should have had such a profound effect on Chelsea’s season. But at the time this felt bold and fresh, an act of subtle tactical voodoo.
Conte had toyed with the idea of wing-backs during the summer. The despair of a 3-0 first-half shellacking by Arsenal forced his hand. An angry, glowering half-time rejig was followed by an angry, glowering mini-break in Italy from which Conte returned with a winning formula.
Written by Barney Ronay
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/nov/19/premier-league-returns-title-race-chelsea-manchester-city-liverpool under the title “Premier League’s high-end soap opera returns with promise of real title race | Barney Ronay”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.