Jamie Carragher sends message to Chelsea fans after David Luiz axe

Jamie Carragher has a warning for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after he dropped David Luiz

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher Photo: Screengrab

Jamie Carragher has warned Antonio Conte that he will have to accept that Chelsea players hold a great deal of power nowadays.

The Chelsea manager opted to drop David Luiz for the Blues’ clash against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon after the Brazilian defender reportedly questioned Conte’s tactics in the lead-up to the game.

Conte has not been afraid to make his stance clear at Chelsea since taking over at the club in the summer of 2016.

The Italian manager deemed Diego Costa to be surplus to requirements at Chelsea in the summer as the striker was sold back to Atletico Madrid, despite him playing a big role in the Blues’ title triumph last term.

However, former Liverpool defender Carragher has warned Conte about the perils of trying to take on the players at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Sunday, Carragher said: “You have always had this player power behind the scenes and the players deny it. It has and it happens every season.

“If a manager doesn’t win a trophy he’s virtually gone here after winning the league. It comes from the top of the club. They give these players this feeling of power.

“A couple of weeks ago there was talk of the players not enjoying the training under Conte. They won the league under Conte last year, they’re probably doing less of that now because they’ve got more games.

“That comes from the top of the club that they’ve given these players this power for 10-15 years.”

Chelsea’s win over Manchester United on Sunday lifted them up into fourth place in the table and left them nine points behind leaders Manchester City after 11 games of the new campaign.

The west London side will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on 18 November.

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