Date: 11th September 2016 at 7:50pm
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Swansea City boss Francesco Guidolin refused to out using a 3-5-1-1 formation again despite it struggling against Chelsea in a 2-2 draw.

The Italian was forced to make a substitution before half time, as he admitted that he wasn’t happy with either of his wing-backs, deciding to take off Neil Taylor just 4 minutes before half time – must to his frustration.

But the move, that saw Barrow come on to give the team some much needed pace, gave the side an attacking threat at last, as we went 2-1 up thanks to two goals in three minutes.

Guidolin’s decision to go with a 3-5-1-1 shape was a bold move to say the least, as he attempted to stop Chelsea’s attacking threat. We did that to begin with, but the visitors scored with their first real chance of the game, as nobody was picking up Costa who was fed by a simple square pass before striking low into the corner.

The shape didn’t allow for the Swans to get back at Chelsea as they enjoyed a good spell after their goal, forcing Guidolin to make the switch.

Guidolin said:

“We played for the first time with a new shape. Yes, I think it’s normal to have a little bit (uncertainty), but this is a different game to the Leicester game. I think we can play again with this system because, in my opinion, we have the characteristics to play this way.

‘Yes, it’s not easy for the first time against a team like Chelsea. But this result is important because we can improve, we can work in the week better, with enthusiasm and optimism.”

The Swans struggled defensively at Leicester a fortnight ago, the midfield didn’t offer enough defensive support and Guidolin felt the need to address that for the visit of Chelsea. It didn’t work, but Guidolin may still look to develop it for future use. It may be used to try and keep stronger teams at bay, before switching to a more attacking system in the second half.

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