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Experienced Chelsea defender David Luiz has found himself out of the team in the last two games, as Antonio Conte has favoured youngster Andreas Christensen in his stead.

Antonio Conte has repeatedly denied a rift with Luiz and insisted again Christensen has earned his spot in the team.

“I have always answered that it was a tactical decision,” Conte said in his press conference.

“Every game I have to try to make the best decision for the team, and if I’m taking this decision it means Christensen is deserving to play.

“In the past it happened the same at the start [of the season] with Eden.

“Before he was completely fit he was on the bench, and then [we went] slowly, slowly to find the right form.

“I think Christensen is playing very well but we have to play a lot of games, and we have to play every three days.

“We need all the players and to have different solutions [is good] – last season in this position I didn’t have this opportunity.”

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