The goals are flowing for Chelsea thanks to a formation adjustment, says skipper John Terry.
For the earlier Portsmouth match and again against Villa, Carlo Ancelotti opted for an altered formation that operated close to a 4-3-3 with Florent Malouda and either Joe Cole, Daniel Sturridge or Salomon Kalou pushing forward down the flanks. His captain recognised the benefit.
“The formation suits us probably a little bit better with the two widemen,” Terry said. “Over the years we have had a lot of success with that. We stretch teams, especially at home, which is good because teams do come to the Bridge and sit tight. “Even Villa did that in the first half [on Saturday]. They were playing with two wide men and with [Jon] Carew up the top on his own which restricted our full-backs going forward. It was always going to be difficult but we had seen Villa in recent weeks tiring in the later stages of games. They pressed us well but thankfully we scored through Lamps’ penalty just before half time and the way we started both halves was key.”