For the most of the current campaign, we haven’t quite seen enough of David Luiz. Of course, he started the season like the rest of the regulars, but somewhere along the line, he fell out of favour with the Chelsea manager. Antonio Conte on his part has as would any sane manager, denied such was the case, and was always quick to cite injury as the reason the Brazilian hasn’t featured much, but that doesn’t seem true, especially considering the timing of the falling out. Luiz publicly criticised Conte’s tactics vs Roma, hence he was dropped, and didn’t feature for a series of games.
The row seems over now though, and Luiz was very good on Saturday. The decision to play him on Saturday might have been out of the unfortunate incident involving Christensen, but he played him anyway, even though he could have made a different choice.
Conte also stuck with almost the same team that beat Norwich, and that’s what I consider even more laudable in all. Chance might have made it happen, but then considering that Hazard could have played the false 9 role ahead of an actual 9 in Batshuayi, it becomes even more apparent that most of what he did was reward the lads for their efforts three nights before. And I think that is why football will always be an interesting game. You want to win always, but sometimes, rational will motivate decisions that don’t immediately make sense.
Will Luiz feature more going forward? Will Batshuayi? I don’t know, and honestly it doesn’t matter. If anything counts now, it’s that hard work pays, and Conte showed that with his team selection on Saturday.