‘I am told’: Graham Potter working on a new formation in training for Chelsea after the World Cup - journalist

Journalist Simon Phillips has claimed on his Substack that Graham Potter is working on a four-back formation for Chelsea in training.

So far, the former Brighton man has kept his options open in terms of the system to use for his new side.

He has mostly been looking to a back five, although that could be because of the numerous injuries suffered to key members of the defence.

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Reece James and Ben Chilwell have both picked up injuries that ruled them out of next week’s World Cup.

As well as the English pair, summer signing Wesley Fofana fell with an injury at the beginning of Potter’s reign, with him perhaps the centre-back best suited to a back four.

Potter working on back four

Phillips has claimed that there is work going on behind the scenes to become competent in a back four, with the response so far being very positive.

He said: “Graham Potter so far, is rather doing the same, mostly using a back three. But the signs are there, we have seen him using back four variations of late. And I am told that is what he and the club are moving for going forward. They want the back four to become their ‘go to’ and more regular formation.

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“Potter is already training back four variations, just as Tuchel did, and there is a lot of positivity around this setup.”

With attacking options often looking a bit scarce in the recent games played with a back five, a transition to a four could see an increase of goals that the club badly need.

Being able to field three genuine attackers in front of a player such as Mason Mount should allow for far more options going forwards, and a chance for them to work together more and build the relationship and understanding.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.