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Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Why angry Conte axed Luiz from Chelsea squad for Man Utd win

Why angry Conte axed Luiz from Chelsea squad for Man Utd win

As it was Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a superb header from Alvaro Morata.

"[It was] only a tactical decision, I repeat, only a tactical decision", he told reporters after the match.

' I played a training match this week and there was a sign that I would start, and it was confirmed last Friday, so I had a long time to prepare'. But are you talking about the future?

"It's very simple, no?"

Antonio Conte has consistently claimed he is "different" to his Chelsea predecessors as questions have been raised over his future during recent weeks, but, until Sunday, it was hard to pinpoint exactly what he meant.

What makes this story a bit more believable, at least in Corriere's eyes, is the fact that David Han Li, AC Milan's owner's right hand man, and Lorenzo Giorgetti, the club's director of marketing, were both at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to watch Chelsea play Manchester United. He also said: 'Christensen is the present and the future for Chelsea'.

"That's normal. I must take the best decision for the club, not for a single player".

The defender was poor in last week's 3-0 Champions League hammering at Roma but no one saw what was coming.

Furthermore, Conte was asked how Luiz's place in the team had done a total 180. "I have to make the best decision for the team".

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".

The former Juventus manager was equally as unimpressed with the defending of Luiz in Rome, when he, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta were pulled apart by Edin Dzeko. Despite beating United, Chelsea are still nine points behind Manchester City, who are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

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