Axed Luiz faces fight for Chelsea future, warns Conte

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Given the personalities involved, it was surprising that we had to wait until January of last season before Conte's patience with Costa snapped.

N'Golo Kante has challenged his Chelsea team-mates to "keep going" in the Premier League title race as they look to try and claw their way back into contention.

After the game against the Red Devils, Conte clarified his decision to leave the centre back out.

Conte then met with the entire Chelsea squad during which he lambasted their performance.

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Conte and Luiz had words last Thursday in the aftermath of Chelsea's Champions League defeat to Roma two days earlier, which was followed by a stormy meeting in... The Brazilian was axed from the squad that beat Manchester United on Sunday. Though to most at Stamford Bridge that will come as little surprise.

United pressed for an equaliser but the way champions Chelsea dug in to secure the three points impressed Conte. "Every manager who has taken on the players here has gone pretty quickly".

Even in light of the rollercoaster nature of his Chelsea career, John Obi Mikel's final six months at Chelsea were unusual. First, of the ball, and now of his place in the Chelsea team.

But, having told an television interviewer after the United game that he didn't know if the defender had a future at Chelsea, when he faced the written press, he only told Luiz he wouldn't be granted an immediate recall.

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Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr claimed that Conte was punishing Mikel for the decision to put his country over his club.

A Facebook post from David Luiz in 2013 about Chelsea teammate Andreas Christensen has resurfaced after Sunday's 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

The dropping of Luiz created a real buzz: no injury; entirely tactical; had he and Antonio Conte had a falling out?

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