Chelsea boss Antonio Conte right to drop David Luiz, says Ray Wilkins

Antonio Conte

Given his record of ruthlessly disposing of managers perceived to be underachieving, the sight of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich at the club's training ground this week might have given Antonio Conte cause for concern.

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.

Andreas Christensen replaced him and Sky Sports pundit Neville said: "Every manager who has taken on the players here has gone pretty quickly".

Perhaps that is why, as the Mirror put it, "David Luiz was left upset as he was made to watch from the side of the pitch and act as a ball boy". "I was very happy for this", Conte said in the press conference following the win over United.

Wilkins, who also represented Manchester United during his playing career, believes Luiz would be better employed as a midfielder but feels he is too much of a liability at the back. I saw him play against Roma [a 3-0 Champions League defeat] the other night and he didn't look anywhere near it. Maybe in the future I can decide in a different way, or continue in this way.

"I am only concentrated on Chelsea and purely want to do what is best for Chelsea. From now until the end, every day my future is discussed". "Sometimes I can do the best things for my team".

Conte preferred young defender, Christensen in the starting lineup and teenage Ampadu on the bench.

Antonio Conte has been linked with a return to Italy for quite some time, with many stories circulating this could be his last season in England, but an exit mid-season was always going to be unlikely.

After a third straight Stamford Bridge win over ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho's United, Conte's men moved to within a point of secondplaced United - nine behind Manchester City.



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