Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
When Roberto Di Matteo took charge of Chelsea last season, he adopted a defensive style based on flawless organisation at the back while relying on the brilliant touch of Didier Drogba up front.
This was in stark contrast to the methods employed by Andre Villas-Boas and the attacking formation that Di Matteo experimented with while at the helm of West Bromich Albion.
Chelsea is all quality at the back. John Terry, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz are four of the best defenders in Europe, as they showed in the Champions League last season.
What is different from last year is the apparent free licence to roam that Di Matteo has given his midfielders, creating a kind of lateral movement as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation that will open up the field for Fernando Torres, but that can also drop deep to control the game from the back.
The attacking midfielders will introduce some much-needed pace and flair at Stamford Bridge, but expect to see plenty of movement dominated by the back four.