Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned David Luiz he faces a battle to regain his place in the first team after dropping the centre-half for the champions’ critical victory over Manchester United
David Luiz was omitted from the squad for the Blues’ 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday, with youngster Andreas Christensen chosen ahead of him.
When asked after the game whether Luiz has a future at Stamford Bridge, the Italian coach expressed uncertainty.
“I don’t know [if he has a future at Chelsea], he has to work really hard with the others, otherwise they are on the bench or in the stand,” Conte told Sky Sports News.
Prior to the game, the Chelsea manager insisted that he is still on good terms with Luiz and said his sidelining was purely tactical.
“No, no. Tactical decision. There is [Andreas] Christensen in really good form and also we have [Ethan] Ampadu who is a good young player. The club like to play with the young player,” Conte said.
“Maybe in the future I can decide a different way or continue in this way. That’s normal. I must take the best decision for the club, not for a single player. It’s only a tactical decision. It’s normal. This can happen to every one of my players, if I see they are not in good form.
It’s normal. I repeat: I have to put my face to every situation and then sometimes to make important decisions. Today I did this and I think Christensen played a massive game. I was very happy for this.”