Having had success with it in Italy and with the Italian national team, going with 3 at the back was always on the cards but after failing to bring in any of his centre back targets and instead settling for David Luiz, he decided not to under the idea that he didn’t have the personnel for it.
But after bad defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal, he made the switch and you get the impression that he was somewhat forced into it, something had to change and so he went for the 3-5-2.
Since going with 3 at the back, Chelsea haven’t conceded so you can say it’s working but I’m not sat here thinking this is it, we’re ready to do the business.
Hull were pretty poor and at least in the first half Leicester were pretty bad (you also have to factor in that this season the Foxes have been poor on the road). In the second half they put up more of a fight and to the team’s credit Chelsea were more than able to deal with them.
It must be said that the balance looks better between defence and attack. Moses has been brilliant at wing back and has kind of reinvented himself and revitalised his Chelsea career in the role. He has all the raw materials to perform there; powerful, a great engine and gets up and down the flank pretty easily. It’s just the game understanding that may need works as he isn’t naturally a defender so he may get found wanting in the defensive part of the job but so far he hasn’t and it could be argued that since coming into the side in the position he, alongside Diego Costa, has been Chelsea’s best player.
Do Chelsea look more solid and assured? Yes, it feels better but I’d need to see half a dozen convincing performances before I drink the kool-aid so to speak and Sunday’s game against Man United would be a good start point.