Even after Chelsea’s 13-match winning run ended, Antonio Conte found something to laugh about.
In the three months since Chelsea adopted the 3-4-3 formation Conte favoured in Italy, the team has powered to the top of the Premier League.
So Conte was bemused by the suggestion he might consider abandoning the three-man defence that was penetrated so easily by Tottenham in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss but had previously been serving Chelsea so well.
“We found a good balance with this formation and we continue with it,” Conte told reporters at White Hart Lane. “But it’s very strange you ask me after a defeat after 13 wins in a row if I’m thinking of changing the formation.
“I am seeing that to stop us, other teams are changing the formation.”