In Dropping David Luiz, Antonio Conte Sends Strong Message to Chelsea Roster

In Dropping David Luiz, Antonio Conte Sends Strong Message to Chelsea Roster

In Dropping David Luiz, Antonio Conte Sends Strong Message to Chelsea Roster

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is digging up his own grave by dropping star names such as David Luiz in such high-profile fixtures.

The Blues looked back to their best following their harrowing 3-0 defeat at the hands of AS Roma in the Champions League last Tuesday, with the Premier League champions equally as impressive in both attack and defence.

Asked if Luiz still had a future at the club, he replied: 'I don't know.

David Luiz's future at Chelsea is very much up in the air right now - and it could all be because of former teammate Diego Costa. Very simple. The coach has to make the best decision for the team, and tonight the best decision for the team was to play with Christensen and to have, on the bench, [Ethan] Ampadu. "He's lackadaisical as a defender but I think he is a very good midfield player and I have said this on numerous occasions". Sometimes I can make mistakes.

"Personally, I don't believe Conte will still be in West London this time next year - you can tell by his demeanour that something is wrong".


It was the latter comment that finally drew a response from Conte, who said Mourinho should think more about United and less about Chelsea. I have to make the best decision for the team and I try to do this.

"When you let players get away with things, other players sense that, and then you may have five or six players against you".

Having re-emerged as a significant first team figure under caretaker boss Guus Hiddink, Mikel was hoping to continue his revival under Conte when he returned from leading Nigeria to a third-place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic football tournament.

Perhaps that is why, as the Mirror put it, "David Luiz was left upset as he was made to watch from the side of the pitch and act as a ball boy".

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