I was very happy for this.
Then, in an interview with Sky Sports, the Italian said he didn't know whether David Luiz even still had a future at the bridge, but then later walked back that idea in his post-match news conference.
"Lukaku is also a fantastic player, and a great friend, but I hope he can not score against us". "From now until the end, every day my future is discussed". "The coach has to make the best decision for the team, and tonight it was to play for Christensen and have Ethan Ampadu on the bench, good players for the present and future".
"I am only concentrated on Chelsea and purely want to do what is best for Chelsea".
And after being hammered 3-0 by Roma in the Champions League in midweek, Conte's job was reportedly hanging by a thread ahead of their clash with rivals Manchester United.
Luiz's Brazilian teammate Kenedy was subsequently left out of the squad to face United after being caught yawning during the meeting. "I have to make the best decision for the team".
Conte was furious at having his authority called into doubt, and responded by publicly dressing down the defender and dropping him from the squad.
The former Juventus manager was equally as unimpressed with the defending of Luiz in Rome, when he, Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta were pulled apart by Edin Dzeko.
It will have not gone unnoticed by Luiz that Conte raised both arms above his head to applaud Christensen eight minutes before half-time after the Dane had held off pressure from Marcus Rashford to turn with the ball in his own area and clear the danger.