Diego Costa, Jose Mourinho and David Luiz among Antonio Conte's spats

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Andreas Christensen was given the nod ahead of Luiz against United and the Danish impressed one and all with his performance, as Chelsea went on to win the game 1-0.

Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after scoring the first goal against AS Roma at Stamford Bridge in London October 19, 2017.

'I don't know, I think he handled the situation like any other manager would after a disappointing match'. The centre-back was left out of Brazil's squad for their upcoming friendlies.

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

"Christensen came in yesterday and played very, very well indeed in a massive game".

The Brazil global was surprisingly left out of the Blues' matchday squad to face Manchester United at the weekend and told to train alone on the morning of the game. If I see they are not in good form, it's normal.

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"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".

Conte insisted after the match that leaving out Luiz was purely a "tactical decision", but reports suggest the two men clashed in the wake of Chelsea's humiliating 3-0 away defeat against Roma in the Champions League.

Conte informed Costa via text at the end of last season that he was no longer wanted at the club, which is said to have left certain squad members - including Luiz - unhappy.

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

Priority targets such as Romelu Lukaku and Alex Sandro were not secured primarily because Chelsea refused to meet the financial demands required to make the deals happen, and those decisions rest with the club's de facto chief executive and transfer negotiator Granovskaia. Sometimes I can make mistakes.

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.