Will David Luiz play for Chelsea again this season? Antonio Conte responds

Antonio Conte said Chelsea will be underdogs against Manchester United in the FA Cup final. – AFP
Antonio Conte said Chelsea will be underdogs against Manchester United in the FA Cup final. – AFP
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29 April, 2018

'I know when you have to go to play a World Cup or European Championship, it's important to have players with great experience because the pressure will become very strong for everyone. I think we are talking about an important player for the national team. We are talking about an important player with great experience. "I think Gary deserves to play".

"He had this problem in his knee, but he is working very hard and I think he is aiming to come back before the end of the season", the Italian coach added.

And the Blues have a FA Cup final date with rivals Manchester United at Wembley Stadium (May 19) to look forward to as well.

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They face Swansea City on Saturday evening and Conte thinks his side must win every game if the Blues any hopes of sealing a top four place. Luiz and Conte fell out in October after the two Champions League group-stage games against Roma, which saw Chelsea ship six goals and only pick up a point from the two matches. He may be in the twilight of his career at the Bridge and indeed on the global stage, but his experience and the motivation for one last hurrah for club and country could make him a serious asset to Conte as he bids to salvage something memorable from Chelsea's otherwise disappointing season.

"It will be very hard, but we have to push and try to put a bit of pressure on".

While Conte will call the shots off the pitch, he needs all his players on it to stand up and be counted - a trait that has been far from apparent over the course of a stumbling season. "It won't be easy to take a place in the Champions League because we dropped many points in a stupid way, but we have a hope".


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