Chelsea have announced their team for the game against Manchester United this evening, and there are some interesting changes.
The formation switches to a 343, allowing Cesar Azpilicueta to return to the team in a back 3. The man who drops out is Mason Mount, known as one of manager Frank Lampard’s favourite players in the squad.
It’s a ruthless move from the manager, who clearly thinks the tactical tweak is worth the loss of a player he considers important. There’s also an element of tiredness, with Mount, Havertz and Timo Werner all looking like they could do with a break.
Fans on social media were unsure about the move, with the Mount-haters happy to see him out of the team, while others were more positive about the formation change at least.
This front three should be a threat. “Not a bad lineup,” as one quite conservative commenter put it.
You can see a collection of their reaction in the Tweets embedded below:
Not a bad line-up to be honest.
3-4-3 formation with Zouma, Silva & Azpilicueta at the back.
Mason Mount has been DROPPED.#CFC
— BlueTweetsFC™ (@BlueTweetsFC) October 24, 2020
3-4-3 for Chelsea 🤔
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) October 24, 2020
Lamp's does his 3 at the back curve ball, I like it. Still lets us attack with 5, but gives us a more stable base for counters and naturally gives us more room to counter too #CFC #MUNCHE https://t.co/tbfUx38jz4
— Travis Tyler (@Travtical) October 24, 2020
Boring and predictable
— gunnerthru (@fartooeasy) October 24, 2020
Change in formation back 3
— Mr.C (@BMutala) October 24, 2020
Good cover at the back. We'll be alright!
— #TimoOnTheDrogs (@Lwandile_MJIKY) October 24, 2020
I like it. Definitely makes sense.
— SilentButDeadly (@SilentB86409328) October 24, 2020
— One of Us (@one_of_us_cfc) October 24, 2020
nick hitting that back 5 prediction 👌
— TK🇨🇦⭕CFC⭕ (@Tbstr26) October 24, 2020
I think this team can do the business 👏
Come On Chelsea 👊 💙 https://t.co/BdMjDZVYYk
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) October 24, 2020
I don’t get Havertz on the wing should have gone Ziyech still it’s better than him playing false 9
— Ragamuffin (@Blueshaded_Rags) October 24, 2020
Havertz on the wing? Wtf?
— #CFC (@whattahitson) October 24, 2020