Antonio Conte rules with a cold, iron fist.
On Saturday, he successfully outwitted Jose Mourinho as Chelsea secured a crucial three points with a 1-0 win over Man United at Stamford Bridge.
Conte failed to offer his rival a handshake after the final whistle yet this snub hardly compared to the harsh treatment the Italian gaffer dished out to David Luiz.
The Brazilian centre-back was sensationally dropped from the squad with Andreas Christensen chosen to start and 17-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu named as substitute while Luiz sat in the stands.
When asked my reporters about the reason for Luiz’s exile, Conte responded: “It’s only a tactical decision. It’s normal.
“This can happen to every one of my players, if I see that they are not in good form.
“I repeat, I have to put my face in every situation and then to sometimes make important decisions.
“Today I did this and I think Christensen played a massive game. I was very happy for this.”
While Conte denied that Luiz was being punished, reports from the club suggest that the pair fell out when the latter questioned the former’s tactics following Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League.
As a result, the Telegraph are reporting that Luiz was somewhat humiliated by Conte in the build-up to the weekend’s clash with United.
Champions League winner Luiz was forced to act as a ball boy for an 11 v 11 game in training.
It seems that Luiz’s insolence has seen him plummet down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and Christensen’s impressive showing on Sunday will likely mean the Dane will retain his place in the starting line-up after the international break.
As it stands, 30-year-old Luiz’s future in west London is in doubt despite his significant contribution to the club’s title win last season.
Life comes at you fast, David.