Sarri takes swipe at Antonio Conte over returning Chelsea star

Maurizio Sarri has admitted that he disagrees with Antonio Conte’s decision to only play David Luiz in the middle of a back three for Chelsea.

The Brazilian hardly featured under Conte in the second half of the last campaign, making only four appearances for the Blues in 2018.

Luiz’s absence was blamed on a knee injury but the 31-year-old’s role was notably reduced after he was involved in an alleged bust-up with Conte back in October.

Since Sarri’s arrival this summer, Luiz featured heavily in pre-season and started alongside Antonio Rudiger at centre-back for the comfortable 3-0 victory over Huddersfield on Saturday.

During Conte’s Stamford Bridge reign, Luiz was primarily used in the middle of the Italian’s back three – with the former Italy boss reluctant for the Brazilian to be used in either of the wider centre-back roles.

But Sarri insists Luiz represents a versatile option for him. “I disagree that he can only play as one of three central defenders,.

“If you are a good defender you can play in a defensive line of three and you can also play in a four.

“I don’t know about what happened in the past but now he has a good chance. We only have to carry on like we are doing now with him.”

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