“Very Brilliant” “I was surprised” Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he was surprise by what Mauricio Pochettino did during Chelsea game today
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold revealed that his team was surprised by Chelsea’s decision to use a back three formation in their recent 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had been using a back four during pre-season, and Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to switch to a three-man defense caught the Liverpool players off guard.
Alexander-Arnold, speaking during live coverage on Sky Sports, explained that Liverpool had prepared for Chelsea to use a 4-3-3 formation, but Chelsea’s setup with a back three (or back five) posed challenges for Liverpool’s gameplay. Despite a strong start from Liverpool, Chelsea’s change in formation disrupted their rhythm, allowing Chelsea to gain control of the game.
While Chelsea initially struggled after conceding a goal, Pochettino’s tactical decision to use a back three eventually paid off, as Chelsea managed to score an equalizer and secure a draw against Liverpool.
The question of whether Chelsea should stick with a back three formation is a tactical consideration. Pochettino’s team has versatile players who can effectively play in a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 formation, particularly with strong wing-backs like Reece James and Ben Chilwell. The performance against Liverpool demonstrated the effectiveness of this formation against tough opponents.
Ultimately, Pochettino’s choice between a back three and a back four may depend on the team’s performance and the opposition in upcoming matches. The formation that yields better results and suits the team’s strengths could become the preferred tactical approach.