Former Chelsea player and assistant coach Ray Wilkins has backed manager Antonio Conte over his decision to drop David Luiz, Sky Sports reports.
Luiz wasn’t involved with the squad in the 1-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday. Conte described the choice to drop the 30-year-old as a “tactical decision” after the game.
When speaking to Sky Sports, Wilkins believes that Luiz can be a liability as a defender and is better suited to a midfield role. The Englishman also hailed the performance of Andreas Christensen.
Wilkins is quoted by Sky Sports saying:
“He’s lackadaisical as a defender. I think he’s a very good midfield player and I’ve said this on numerous occasions. Christensen came in and played very, very well in a massive game.”
Luiz started in midfield in the 3-3 draw against Roma which he scored the opening goal in. However, the Italians were dangerous on the attack and Luiz was all over the place. This prompted Conte into substituting him in the second half, causing an angry reaction from the player.
The performance of Christensen must concern Luiz as he still hopes to have a future at the club. However, the charismatic Brazilian has to work hard if he wants to earn his place back in Conte’s team.