Conte 'banished' David Luiz from Chelsea training prior to Manchester United clash

Jamie Carragher feels player power has been a problem at Chelsea for years

David Luiz heads into the November worldwide break on the naughty step after being dropped against Manchester United, while technical director Michael Emenalo made the surprise decision to step down amid significant tensions between Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy - though the relationship between the Nigerian and Conte did not reach the stage of those below.

The Brazilian was thought to have angered Conte by privately questioning his tactics in the wake of the 3-0 defeat to Roma, having complained about being substituted in the 3-3 draw against the same side a fortnight earlier. Another young player. A really good player for the present and the future. I did this and I think Christensen played a massive game.

'I don't know, I think he handled the situation like any other manager would after a disappointing match'.

Chelsea now head into the worldwide break on the back of their win over Jose Mourinho's men and Christensen has key World Cup qualifying action on the agenda with Denmark.

Just a few weeks ago, Conte hailed Luiz as his team's best defender.

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




"I have to make important decisions".

Conte had been prompted to ditch Luiz following the midweek Champions League loss at Roma. If I see they are not in good form, it's normal. "I was very happy for this", Conte said in the press conference following the win over United.

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

The Spanish striker stayed at the Premier League champions until the end of the season, but was sold to Atletico Madrid in September after being told that he was not in Conte's plans for the new campaign. That's normal. I must take the best decision for the club, not for a single player.

In dropping David Luiz for one of Chelsea's biggest games of the season, Conte gave the clearest message that he will not manage in fear of what owner Roman Abramovich might do next. "But I do the best things for my team".

Yes, reporters were probably right to sniff a bit of blood in the water at Luiz's demotion not to the bench, but to the stands.

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