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Antonio Conte suggests omission of Chelsea stalwart could be long-term

Antonio Conte suggests omission of Chelsea stalwart could be long-term

Conte's selection gamble paid off against United with academy graduate Andreas Christensen producing a nerveless performance in Chelsea's 1-0 win, intensifying the speculation about Luiz's long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

Sportsmail understands Abramovich, who visited Chelsea's Cobham HQ last week, has already made enquiries over the relationship between Conte and his squad.

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.

Andreas Christensen filled in for the player brought back to Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain on summer transfer window deadline day 2016, and Conte hailed the replacement's performance as unbelievable.

And he said: "This can happen to any one of my players if I see they are not in good form". Another young player. A really good player for the present and the future.

"I decided this tonight, maybe I can decide a different way in the future".

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr claimed that Conte was punishing Mikel for the decision to put his country over his club. Sometimes I can make mistakes. It's normal. I have to make the best decision for the club, not for a single player. I was very happy for this.

It was the latter comment that finally drew a response from Conte, who said Mourinho should think more about United and less about Chelsea.

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

"When you let players get away with things, other players sense that, and then you may have five or six players against you". "We played with great energy, passion and enthusiasm".


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