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Mauricio Pochettino is ‘considering a radical tactical change to keep Chelsea in top four

Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly mulling major tactical changes to get Chelsea’s season back on track.

The Blues have been using a 4-2-3-1 shape, but this has frequently left their center-backs exposed.

Chelsea have conceded 39 goals this season, the seventh-worst record in the Premier League.

The Blues looked vulnerable and rattled at the back after suffering two four-goal defeats last week, 4-1 to Liverpool and 4-2 to Wolves.

The Evening Standard now reports that Pochettino is pondering converting to a three-man defence.

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Mauricio Pochettino is ‘considering a radical tactical change to keep Chelsea in top four

‘We can’t give up and we are going to work hard to try and change, maybe take some decisions to find a different way,’ Pochettino said after the loss to Wolves.

‘If it is not working this way, we need to move on and try to find a different type of solution.’

While Pochettino didn’t make explicit reference to a three-man formation, the Evening Standard claims he could pivot to a 3-4-3 – which he used sometimes at Tottenham – or a 3-5-2.

Thiago Silva, Axel Disasi, Levi Colwill, Benoit Badiashile, and Trevoh Chalobah all have familiarity with three-man systems.

One of the most iconic tactical switches in Premier League history came at Chelsea in 2016/17, when Antonio Conte scrapped his 4-1-4-1 and took up a 3-4-3.

Mid-way through a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in September, Conte tried the switch and didn’t look back. From eighth at the end of that month, they topped the table in November and went on to win the title with 93 points.

Pochettino may hope to draw on that history and give his goalkeeper more protection.

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