Report shares which formation Graham Potter is expected to initially use at Chelsea

Graham Potter will reportedly start his time at Chelsea by implementing a 3-4-3 formation, something that’s very familiar to his squad of players at Stamford Bridge.

All eyes are on new Blues head coach Potter, 47, to see his first ever team selection since his appointment last week. His first match takes place later on Wednesday night at home to Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League group stages.

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea boss Potter is expected to set his team up in a 3-4-3 system.

The report does add that over time the English coach wants to create a side that can be flexible in formations during games, though.

He’s got a plan to create a team that plays with a back four, too.

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3-4-3 formation

Potter’s had less than a week working with these Chelsea players since arriving in West London, so it’s sensible not to rip everything up before tonight’s important European fixture against Salzburg.

His predecessor, Thomas Tuchel, enjoyed a lot of joy as Blues manager with a 3-4-3 formation. He did try get a bit more creative in the latter stages of his Chelsea stay before last week’s sacking, but the bedrock of success came with a back three.

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The Chelsea Chronicle has guessed at a back three tonight in a predicted line-up against Salzburg.

There’s been a defensive weakness recently that has crept into this team, but there’s enough quality centre-halves on the club’s books to become solid at the back again.

It’ll be interesting to see who starts tonight from Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Marc Cucurella and Cesar Azpilicueta.

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