David Luiz: 'No surprise to see Nemanja Matic doing so well'

Kante will face a late fitness test before the clash with Manchester United

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.

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.

Luiz's Brazilian teammate Kenedy was subsequently left out of the squad to face United after being caught yawning during the meeting. "I was very happy for this", Conte said in the press conference following the win over United.

' I played a training match this week and there was a sign that I would start, and it was confirmed last Friday, so I had a long time to prepare'. Maybe in the future I can decide a different way, or continue in this way.

The defender was poor in last week's 3-0 Champions League hammering at Roma but no one saw what was coming.

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Conte though insists that he and his team's concentration for now is on the job at hand as he tries to do what is best for Chelsea.

Then, in an interview with Sky Sports, the Italian said he didn't know whether David Luiz even still had a future at the bridge, but then later walked back that idea in his post-match news conference. I think it's normal that, from now until the end, every game, every day, someone puts my future in discussion. "Sometimes, I can make mistakes or sometimes I can do the best thing".

The former Juventus manager was equally as unimpressed with the defending of Luiz in Rome, when he, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta were pulled apart by Edin Dzeko.

Victory means the Blues maintain the nine-point gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

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