Conte insists Luiz omission in United win was tactical

Posted November 08, 2017

David Luiz heads into the November global break on the naughty step after being dropped against Manchester United, while technical director Michael Emenalo made the surprise decision to step down amid significant tensions between Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy - though the relationship between the Nigerian and Conte did not reach the stage of those below.

The Times say Conte left Luiz out after a disagreement between the pair on Friday.

Not only was he dropped by Chelsea for the huge Premier League match against Manchester United on Sunday, but he's now been left out of the Brazil squad for their global friendlies, per Mirror.

Ealier reports simply claimed that Christensen had been playing where David Luiz normally would have during training - and possibly with David Luiz being made to play ballboy!? - they made no mention of David Luiz not even being present and "taking no part in preparations" for the match against Manchester United!

Conte suggested post-match that Luiz had caused issues in training, leading him to miss the 1-0 win.

"It's very simple. The coach has to make the best decision for the team".

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Chelsea defender Andres Christensen has today revealed that he had figured out that he would be handed a start versus Manchester United long before yesterday's matchup. If I see they are not in good form, it's normal.

Though it remains to be seen how the incident impacts on Luiz's future opportunities, the likes of Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic have seen confrontations with Conte lead to their eventual departures.

"We must be pleased", Conte added.

Conte was asked what made him drop Luiz and the Italian simply replied, "It was only a tactical decision. I have to make the best decision for the team and I try to do this".

"I have to make important decisions. I was very happy for this", Conte said in the press conference following the win over United. "But I do the best things for my team".

"I thought the decision to drop Luiz was the right decision".