There had been doubts as to whether Carlo Ancelotti’s 4-4-2 system will work this season, especially after conceding six goals in two matches in pre-season.
However, it’s been so far so good, with two wins in two matches, with the team conceding one goal and scoring five.
Ancelotti has an array of midfielders to choose from, and he started a midfield four of Aurelien Tchouameni, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde and Jude Bellingham against Almeria. Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga came on in the second-half.
Speaking about how his team played, Ancelotti said: “There is no fixed system at the moment.
“We started out with a low block and then when Modrić and Camavinga came on, we played with two banks of four and felt comfortable.
“From a defensive perspective you struggle to control the flanks a bit more but going forward, this system gives you all sorts of options.”