Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: 'David Luiz working hard to return'

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

The 32-year-old has fallen down the Italian manager's pecking order this season; with youngster Andreas Christensen establishing himself alongside Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta in the Blues' defensive line.

Antonio Conte believes poor finishing has undermined Chelsea's season and their ambitions to both qualify for the Champions League and win major honours. 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.

"We have to compare Salah of four, five years ago, and not with this Salah now".

"In this moment he is deserving to play, because he is playing well", Conte said.

Asked if it was realistic for Chelsea to overhaul Spurs and clinch Champions League qualification, Conte puffed out his cheeks.

But the French midfielder insists he will be fully fit when the World Cup kicks off this summer in Russian Federation.

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Chelsea's 1-0 win over Swansea in Saturday's Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium closed the gap between themselves and fourth-placed Tottenham to two points with just three games remaining.

"I think he is still the man but it doesn't come down to me". "I think even today we could be more clinical to kill the game, but instead we kept the game in balance". I think Gary developed a lot this year'.

The performance from Chelsea on the night was uncharacteristic and certainly far from their best but the Blues managed to hold on to their slender lead and did enough to get over the line, in the end.

Conte added: "We're talking about a player with great experience".

"I have the opportunity to rotate the three central defenders and make the best decision game by game".

"I have great respect for (England boss Gareth) Southgate".

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