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Antonio Conte reveals why he dropped David Luiz against Manchester United

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Antonio Conte reveals why he dropped David Luiz against Manchester United

There are those who call for changes in the Chelsea squad after a series of poor performances in both the Premier League and Champions League this season.

Particularly after our terrible defeat to AS Roma last Tuesday, when our defence was torn apart by the Italians three times to seal a vital 3-0 victory over Chelsea.

Antonio Rudiger was one man who was chastised for his misjudgment for Roma’s second goal by Stephan El Shawaary, but fingers were also pointed at David Luiz for his role in the defeat. The Brazilian centre-back has been out of form this season, despite a few glimpses of his rich experience in some games.

Prior to the clash with Manchester United, The Sun had reported that there was tension between Antonio Conte and Luiz, prompting the Italian coach to drop the defender for the Man United game.

Andreas Christensen was preferred to partner Gary Cahill and Cezar Azpilicueta in the three-man defense, and the 21-year old did not disappoint. He flourished against tough Premier League opposition, to vindicate Conte who insisted after the game, the decision to drop Luiz, was only tactical.

Conte is quoted by the Independent quoted:

“It’s only a tactical decision, only a tactical decision, only a tactical decision.”

“It’s normal. This can happen to every one of my players, if I see that they are not in good form. It’s normal. I repeat: I have to put my face in every situation, and then to sometimes make important decisions. Today I did this and I think Christensen played a massive game. I was very happy for this.”

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