Conte insists Luiz omission in United win was tactical

Conte insists Luiz omission in United win was tactical

Antonio Conte took a shocking decision of dropping David Luiz for one of the biggest fixtures yesterday and what surprised everyone is that the Brazilian was not even named on the bench.

Following last week's 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League and subsequent bust up with Antonio Conte in training, Luiz was dropped for Sunday's game against Manchester United.

However, "Chelsea sources insist that Conte's treatment of Luiz is not related to Costa".

The Brazilian was a shock omission from the team that won 1-0 on Sunday, with Andreas Christensen taking his place in the starting XI and Ethan Ampadu his place in the squad.

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Conte will not attempt to placate Abramovich, he will simply make the decisions he feels are best for the club and stand by them - whether they are judged good or bad.

Conte meanwhile will be crossing his fingers hoping that his men avoid injury during games with their respective national teams. I did this and I think Christensen played a massive game. If I see they are not in good form, it's normal. It's normal. I have to make the best decision for the club, not for a single player.

"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".

But while Abramovich is not questioning Conte's handling of the Luiz situation, the latest stand-off has raised concerns of a rift between the manager and his squad.

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Conte had been prompted to ditch Luiz following the midweek Champions League loss at Roma.

A Facebook post David Luiz produced four years back has resurfaced following recent events.

"I thought the decision to drop Luiz was the right decision". I have a squad with 16 senior players, and five young players.

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