CONTE EXPLAINS HOW HE LINED UP CHELSEA DEFENCE WITHOUT CHRISTENSEN AND LUIZ

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David Luiz has been out injured for some weeks now, and youngster Andreas Christensen has been the one being deployed in the middle of Chelsea’s back three.

Unfortunately, Christensen suffered an illness before the game against Brighton and couldn’t feature, with the Chelsea manager playing a back three of Antonio Rudiger, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Conte explained that it was important to have a good core of players in case of situations like this.

Conte said: “To have a base of 18 players – very strong – then to try to make the rotations because it’s very difficult for the players to play every three days.

“To have this type of rotation you have to work a lot because [against Brighton] for example David Luiz was out with an injury then at the last moment Andreas Christensen was sick.

“And I had to find the solution to play with [Gary] Cahill for the first time in the middle with [Antonio] Rudiger and [Cesar Azpilicueta].

“It means that behind you have a lot of work otherwise you risk to change the position of your players.

“We have just started this path. In this season we wanted to improve our squad – the numerical aspect, to try to improve the quality of the team.

“But at the same time to play in this country and to face many competitions it’s very important to have many players in your squad.”

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