Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

David Luiz Chelsea future in doubt after being dropped by Conte

David Luiz Chelsea future in doubt after being dropped by Conte

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is not concerned with the eight-point gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City after Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

So, how could Mourinho's side line-up against Chelsea?

"This season we are struggling a bit to find the best solution for this team", Conte said. "There's still a lot to play for, so let's carry on".

Unbeaten City have set a frightening pace this season, winning 10 of their matches and scoring 38 goals in the process to build up an extraordinary goal difference of plus 31.

Kevin Kilbane has warned Manchester United that Romelu Lukaku looks really out of sorts following his goal drought.

"But I think we deserve a late goal for the incredible effort, attitude, risk - we deserve a late goal".

The home side took control of the match in the second half and, after Eden Hazard had thumped a first-time effort at David De Gea, took a deserved 55th-minute lead when Cesar Azpilicueta's cross was superbly headed home by the unmarked Morata. But while Lukaku has now gone a seventh game in all competitions without scoring, Morata's goal starvation is over.

"But now there's an worldwide break coming and it's a good time to recap and to see the things that we're doing well and the things that we can improve".

Victory saw Chelsea move to within nine points of top spot and eased the pressure on the London club's Italian manager Antonio Conte following a 3-0 loss away to Roma in the Champions League earlier this week.

Mourinho, who complained last month that he won't "cry" about injury problems like other managers, in part blamed the loss on the absence of players like Paul Pogba.

Manchester City is the team to catch in the Premier League, and it's getting even more challenging. It's the only unbeaten team in England, and with an enviable depth of talent on the field and on the bench.

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