According to a report from The Guardian, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is set to bring back the title-winning partnership in central midfield as a way to shakeup the lineup following a 3-0 bashing at Roma midweek. Drinkwater has made just three appearances this season for Chelsea after rehabbing from a calf injury that he suffered prior to his deadline-day move.
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If Drinkwater does start alongside Kante in midfield, it could mean a move to the bench for Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoué Bakayoko or a change in formation. Chelsea has continued to use Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 formation but the Blues have struggled when Cesar Azpilicueta plays as a wing back instead of with the centerbacks. That was the case at Roma, when Antonio Rudiger played in central defense.
With Manchester City nine points ahead in the standings, Chelsea’s margin of error in the Premier League has dropped significantly. Perhaps the return of a Kante-Drinkwater partnership can help Chelsea find its mojo again.