Sunday, 5 November 2017

It Was Tactical Decision To Drop Luiz - Conte

Chelsea defender David Luiz was surprisingly no part of the squad that defeated 1-0 Manchester United on Sunday.
Andreas Christensen replaced him in the starting lineup, but the Brazilian defender didn't even make the bench, as Chelsea manager Antonio prefered the 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu.

Conte stressed that there is no issue between him and his player, but said to Sky Sports that it was a 'tactical decision'.
"It is a tactical decision," the manager told Sky Sports.

"There is Andreas Christensen in good form and we have Ethan Ampadu who is a good, young player at the club.

"We are conceding many goals so you have to find stability and solidity. We have to be patient with the team and defend in the right way."
In his post-match news conference, Conte attempted to clarify the state of affairs by reverting to his pre-game position that Luiz had been dropped for tactical reasons.
He added: "It's only a tactical decision, only a tactical decision, only a tactical decision. It's normal. This can happen to every one of my players, if I see that they are not in good form. It's normal."
Asked if he meant to sound uncertain about David Luiz's future at the club in the previous interview, Conte appeared to go back on his comments.
"No... [checks with press officer]. I think that I have a squad. I have a squad with 16 senior players, and five young players.
"I have these players, and then I repeat I have to make the best decision for the team. I try to do this."

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