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Luiz feels Conte is 'punishing' him for Costa friendship

08 November 2017, 01:02 | Marlene Fleming

GETTYChelsea boss Antonio Conte sent a strong message to the players

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte sent a strong message to the players

Antonio Conte claims that David Luiz's exclusion from his squad was necessary for Chelsea to be successful against Manchester United.

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 worldwide friendlies, per Mirror.

Alvaro Morata scored the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge as Conte's men recovered from a disappointing midweek loss in Rome to clinch a hard-fought home win.

On Luiz's future, Conte added: "I don't know". I have these players, and then I repeat I have to make the best decision for the team.

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. I have a squad with 16 senior players, and five young players. I have to put my face in every situation, and sometimes make important decisions.

"And the best decision for the team was to play with Andreas Christensen and to have on the bench Ethan Ampadu, another young player".

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He's now out of the picture, but Luiz regularly stepped in to defend his close friend and acted as a peacemaker, which the centre-back thinks Conte is now punishing him for.

"Maybe in the future I can decide a different way, or continue in this way".

"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".

Luiz was guilty of some shocking defending against AS Roma in the Champions League.

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. Sometimes I can make mistakes.

"No. [checks]. I think that I have a squad".

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