Conte shocked Tottenham with his brilliant tactics while Arsene Wenger shows he has not learnt.
Opening day’s 4-3 defeat to Burnley was followed by Diego Costa’s explosive interview which dominated headlines all week. Eden Hazard was still out injured in addition to Gary Cahill’s red card, no new signing, Tiémoué Bakayoko was still struggling with fitness which brought up questions on why they sold Nemanja Matić to Manchester United .
It looked gloom for Chelsea ahead of their clash against Tottenham but Antonio Conte had something up his sleeves.
A 2-3-3-2 or 2-1-3-2-2 setup was a managerial masterclass that distressed and stifled Tottenham. Andreas Christensen in defence, David Luiz in midfielder and Willian running the show in attack.
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This was the set-up with which Conte won the game. With Luiz in the middle, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembélé and Dele Alli were denied space to wreck havoc from the midfield.
It was the best managerial performance of the year for me, Conte won that game for Chelsea.
Arsenal’s loss not a big deal but…
With another club, the loss to Stoke City at Britania wouldn't have been the end of the world, but for Arsenal fans, it stroke up disappointing memories of previous seasons.
They totally dominated that game and have only their missed chances and some questionable refereeing decisions to blame. But Arsene Wenger has constantly shown that he doesn't learn from his mistakes. After more than 20 years in the Premier League, it’s really appalling to see the rookie mistakes Wenger still makes.
Playing two left-back in central defence, playing his right-back at left back and taking away a striker when he needed a goal.
You see how the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham play like well-coached teams and you can’t say same about Arsenal.
Long season ahead for them.