DAVID LUIZ still managed to smile - despite Antonio Conte plunging his Chelsea future into doubt.
That's according to Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam in the wake of the Brazil worldwide being dropped for Sunday's showdown with Manchester United.
The Italian gaffer added: "I decided this tonight, maybe I can decide a different way in the future".
"Conte is in charge, it doesn't matter who you are", Adam told Sky Sports. I have these players, and then I repeat I have to make the best decision for the team.
It should be noted that the report makes no mention of David Luiz doing anything other complying with these orders (private reservations aside) - he even skipped his customary chat with ESPN Brasil - and they would also fit the pattern of a lightly injured player, which was reported by at least one source before Sunday's game as well.More news: Guru Nanak 2017 Wishes, Images, Pics - WhatsApp DP Pics
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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.
"The coach has to make the best decision for the team, and tonight the best decision for the team was to play with Christensen and to have, on the bench, (Ethan) Ampadu".
Chelsea, beaten 3-0 by Roma in their midweek Champions League fixture, produced an impressive performance against United yesterday.
"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".
"No. [checks]. I think that I have a squad. I try to do this".
And Adam reckons Luiz will be sold if he continues to pose a problem for Conte.