EPL 2016-17: Hull City 0-2 Chelsea - 5 talking points
After a week of soul-searching, crisis meetings and rumoured changes, Antonio Conte is back in business with another win under his belt as new Chelsea boss.
Willian and Diego Costa were the heroes on the day, with the duo scoring with sublime strikes to give the Londoners a comfortable lead in the second half. The Blues can now head into the break with confidence, and with Kurt Zouma possibly returning when the action kicks off again, there’s a lot to be pleased about.
A good performance and a good result from Chelsea; here are five talking points which stemmed from this match.
#1 New tactics
The very first thing made apparent was Conte’s formation change. The welcome absence of right-back Branislav Ivanovic left many fans gleeful, and the introduction of the new 3-4-3 formation proved intriguing as well.
The new system has passed its first test, albeit against softer opposition. Gary Cahill, who cut a forlorn figure these last few games, looked assured at left centre-back with Cesar Azpilicueta on the opposite flank and new-boy Marcos Alonso providing extra cover in the wing-back position.
Alonso, making his first Premier League appearance for Chelsea, put in a very impressive performance, and even got a few chances to get on the score-sheet himself.
While the 3-4-3 seems the answer to Chelsea’s defensive problems up to this point, it’s also worth pointing out the offensive boost. The Blues showed a whole new level of attack against Hull, and even N’Golo Kante could be seen pushing up and joining the play up top.
So Conte’s changes worked on Saturday, but they will be tested further when his team face Leicester City and Manchester United in their next two fixtures.