Chelsea boss Antonio Conte right to drop David Luiz, says Ray Wilkins

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte right to drop David Luiz, says Ray Wilkins

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte right to drop David Luiz, says Ray Wilkins

Conte was coy as to why he left Luiz out, claiming he was just handing the Brazilian a rest, but Luiz himself, via the Times, believes he's being punished for his friendship with Diego Costa. To add to it, Nemanja Matic was sold to Manchester United against his wish and all this has lead to the rumours of Conte being unhappy with the Blues.

Luiz was a surprise omission from the Blues squad for the visit of Jose Mourinho's side, with Denmark global Andreas Christensen named from the start of the 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. And this is according to the former Manchester United captain and now a Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville. "The coach has to make the best decision for the team, and tonight it was to play for Christensen and have (Ethan) Ampadu on the bench, good players for the present and future".

Tensions were high between the two managers going into today's game after the pair exchanged blows earlier this week. I saw him play against Roma [a 3-0 Champions League defeat] the other night and he didn't look anywhere near it.

Cameras caught the Brazilian looking rather glum in the stands having not even made the bench, while Andreas Christensen took his place in the starting XI.

"I have to make important decisions".

He's now out of the picture, but Luiz regularly stepped in to defend his close friend and acted as a peacemaker, which the centre-back thinks Conte is now punishing him for.

He said after the United win: "Maybe in the future I can decide a different way or continue in this way". I have to make the best decision for the team. "But I do the best things for my team".

Last season, Conte also left Costa out of the Chelsea squad for a 3-0 victory over Leicester City on 13 January, amid suggestions the striker had had a training ground row with the boss over his fitness. I was very happy for this.

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. "I try to do this".

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