Work Hard Or Sit In The Stands - Antonio Conte Tells David Luiz

Work Hard Or Sit In The Stands - Antonio Conte Tells David Luiz

Work Hard Or Sit In The Stands - Antonio Conte Tells David Luiz

As for Luiz and the team selection, Conte explained: "It's only a tactical decision".

"He has to work really hard otherwise he is on the bench or in the stand", he said.

And reports of behind-the-scenes friction between Conte and Luiz have been played down by Chelsea, who say any tensions are part of the fluctuations of a season and not a sign of serious strain in the relationship. "Andreas Christensen is the present and the future for Chelsea".

Conte will not attempt to placate Abramovich, he will simply make the decisions he feels are best for the club and stand by them - whether they are judged good or bad.

On Luiz's future, Conte added: "I don't know". This can happen to any one of my players.

David Luiz had been a crucial player for the Italian boss since returning to Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain in the final days of the 2016 summer transfer window.

"I have to make important decisions".

"That's normal. I must take the best decision for the club, not for a single player. Sometimes, I can make mistakes or sometimes I can do the best thing". Kenedy had been on the substitutes' bench for Chelsea's Champions League defeat at Roma but earned a stern lecture from Conte for yawning his way through the Italian's stormy inquest.

"There is Christensen in really good form and also we have [Ethan] Ampadu who is a good young player".

Conte was furious at having his authority called into doubt, and responded by publicly dressing down the defender and dropping him from the squad.

Conte subbed Luiz off against Roma in the Champions League and the defender reacted in a manner in which you would not expect from a senior player.

Conte's Chelsea, meanwhile, are fourth and nine points adrift of Manchester City.

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