Antonio Conte hinted ahead of the clash against Arsenal on yesterday that he is contemplating a change in formation, given the busy schedule this month.

Despite Dejan Kulusevski being out injured, Conte stuck with his tried and tested 3-4-3 formation for the north London derby, with Son Heung-min and Richarlison partnering Harry Kane in attack.

Spurs fell to their first defeat of the Premier League season at the Emirates, with Emerson Royal’s sending off after the hour mark effectively ending the match as contest.

Some Tottenham fans were wondering if Conte would opt to start with a 3-5-2 against Arsenal after the way the team clicked into gear when Yves Bissouma was introduced against Leicester City a couple of weeks ago.

Even though Conte stuck with his preferred formation, he did hint before the match that he could change things up over the coming weeks, with Spurs also set to resume their Champions League campaign on Tuesday evening at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Conte told BT Sport ahead of kick-off at the Emirates: “I picked the formation that is the better formation to start this run of 13 games. Don’t forget, we also have to play in the Champions League (in three days).”

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If Kulusevski is out for a couple of weeks, that means that Conte only has three fit forwards at his disposal, with Moura seemingly unlikely to return to action anytime soon.

That means that Conte will not have any forward to call upon from the bench if he starts with a 3-4-3, which is why he might lean towards a 3-5-2 against Frankfurt on Tuesday.

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