Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s decision to drop David Luiz may backfire, the Daily Mail reports.
The Brazilian didn’t feature in the squad for the Sunday night’s 1-0 win against Manchester United. Luiz was frustrated at Conte after being substituted in the second half of the 3-3 draw with Roma in October. This appears to be the spark that ignited the heat between the two.
When speaking live on air for Sky Sports, Neville believes it was a big risk for Conte to drop Luiz. The Englishman also believes that player power is a big influence at Chelsea, as the Daily Mail reports.
Neville is quoted by the Daily Mail saying:
“Every manager who has taken on the players here has gone pretty quickly. It is a big call because if you take on David Luiz who is a big influence, a big character, you can lose at this club.”
There have been previous managers who have fallen out with the hierarchy at the Blues over dropping players. Andre Villas-Boas dropped Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Michael Essien in our 3-1 defeat against Napoli in 2012. A few weeks after the match, he was sacked.
Conte deserves praise for starting Andreas Christensen who put in a great performance at Stamford Bridge. There’s a great chance the 21-year-old will replace Luiz as he made a great impression on Conte in last night’s win.