Axed David Luiz watches Chelsea win from stands

Esther Moore
November 8, 2017

Antonio Conte has warned David Luiz he faces a fight to win back his Chelsea place after the Brazil defender was dropped for the 1-0 win over Manchester United.

DAVID LUIZ still managed to smile - despite Antonio Conte plunging his Chelsea future into doubt.

The Brazil global was surprisingly left out of the Blues' matchday squad to face Manchester United at the weekend and told to train alone on the morning of the game.

"With Luiz you see him in advance of the ball on numerous occasions during every game he plays and consequently, Chelsea suffer defensively".

"It's only a tactical decision, only a tactical decision, only a tactical decision", he explained.

Conte informed Costa via text at the end of last season that he was no longer wanted at the club, which is said to have left certain squad members - including Luiz - unhappy.

Walker thinks the emphasis is now on Luiz to respond and raise his game if he wants to convince Conte that he deserves to be starting ahead of Christensen in the Blues backline.

He's just spent 90 minutes tucked inside Andreas Christensen's back pocket.

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"I repeat: I have to put my face to every situation and then sometimes to make important decisions".

Conte meanwhile will be crossing his fingers hoping that his men avoid injury during games with their respective national teams.

Last season, Conte also left Costa out of the Chelsea squad for a 3-0 victory over Leicester City on 13 January, amid suggestions the striker had had a training ground row with the boss over his fitness.

"I'd be happy to eat humble pie if I'm wrong - and there's part of me that will be pleased if I am because I've a lot of respect for the guy".

He said after the United win: "Maybe in the future I can decide a different way or continue in this way".

"Sometimes I can make mistakes". This mindset has yielded spectacular results when selling players - most notably Ramires, David Luiz and Oscar - but led to more problems when buying.

Various reports have since emerged detailing Luiz how reacted to being dropped, with the Times saying he feels like he's been unfairly singled out.

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