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Conte: David Luiz to play


Antonio Conte says David Luiz will replace the injured John Terry for tomorrow's game against Liverpool and the Chelsea head coach has full confidence in the Brazilian, who will make his first appearance since returning to the club for the visit of Jurgen Klopp's side.

Speaking to the media at Cobham ahead of what is always a big fixture, Conte explained what type of test he expects.

'A strong match, very tough against a strong team,' he said. 'I think Liverpool are a really good team. They play with high intensity, they bring many players in offensive situations, they are very good.

'We must pay great attention tomorrow because we know they are very strong.'

The Italian then provided an update regarding Terry's situation before explaining why he has great belief in David Luiz.

'John strained the ligament of his ankle, the doctor told me after 10 days he could be available to come back. He is working very hard and today he had a training session to recover,' said Conte.

'Tomorrow, David Luiz will play for the first time with us and we are confident about him.

'We expect him to play very well, we know he’s a good player. We are working to put him in the best condition to give us the best of him.

'When new players arrive they need time to adapt to a new concept but tomorrow we need to play David Luiz. He’s worked a lot on defensive situations and when we are in possession. I have confidence in him.'

Like ourselves, Liverpool have started the season well, despite a setback against Burnley in their second game and Conte praised his opposite number, Klopp.

'Jurgen Klopp is a good manager, one of the best in the world,' he said. 'He’s showing his capacity to be a great manager.

'I know him but not much. We played against each other only once, in pre-season, but he’s a fantastic manager and I’ll be glad to see him tomorrow.'

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