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Conte: Dropping Luiz Was Tactical

08 November 2017

ALVARO MORATA netted the goal which saw Chelsea beat Manchester United but the postmatch talk was about the axed David Luiz.

The Brazil worldwide was surprisingly left out of the Blues' matchday squad to face Manchester United at the weekend and told to train alone on the morning of the game.

Conte dropped Luiz from the matchday squad for Sunday's Premier League clash against Manchester United, with youngster Andreas Christensen slotting into the backline.

Conte suggested post-match that Luiz had caused issues in training, leading him to miss the 1-0 win.

"Conte is in charge, it doesn't matter who you are", Adam told Sky Sports.

Antonio Conte is an uncompromising man, and in his 16 months as Chelsea head coach the Italian has shown on numerous occasions he is prepared to fight to protect what he sees as his club's interests, even if it ends up making him a few enemies along the way. I did this and I think Christensen played a massive game.

"If I see that you are not in good form, it's normal".

"I repeat: I have to put my face to every situation and then sometimes to make important decisions".

The narrative is however strongly trending towards there being an actual issue that needs to be resolved between Conte and the defender he's always built up as one of the best in the world. Maybe in the future I can decide in a different way, or continue in this way.

"I'd be happy to eat humble pie if I'm wrong - and there's part of me that will be pleased if I am because I've a lot of respect for the guy. I have to make the best decision for the team and I try to do this". "Sometimes, I can make mistakes or sometimes I can do the best thing".

Chelsea, beaten 3-0 by Roma in their midweek Champions League fixture, produced an impressive performance against United yesterday.

Various reports have since emerged detailing Luiz how reacted to being dropped, with the Times saying he feels like he's been unfairly singled out. On Saturday, David Luiz was back but only for a light fitness session.

Conte: Dropping Luiz Was Tactical