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Terry set to be dropped as Conte sticks to game plan


Bench duty: John Terry

Bench duty: John Terry

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Bench duty: John Terry

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte will continue with his 3-4-3 formation, which could be ominous for captain John Terry. After three successive Premier League wins and nine goals scored without reply, Chelsea lost 2-1 in the EFL Cup at West Ham on Wednesday.

Terry - who took to social media to celebrate the 18th anniversary of his Chelsea debut yesterday - was making his first appearance in more than six weeks following an ankle injury and in a three-man defence which has been alien to him.

He appeared rusty, was beaten in the air by Cheikhou Kouyate and was switched from the central position to the left of the three-man defence at half-time.

Chelsea play at Southampton tomorrow, with Conte poised to continue with his favoured system and Terry facing a likely return to the bench.

Conte said: "It's logical that John came back and it's not easy. I'm satisfied (with) him, (with) the team. John is an important player. I always have to take the best decision for the team, never for an individual player."

Belfast Telegraph