Antonio Conte has hinted that John Terry could remain a casualty of Chelsea’s back three system after the captain’s struggles in midweek.
Chelsea suffered a 2-1 defeat to West Ham in the EFL Cup to bring an end to a three-game winning streak for Conte’s men, with Terry enduring an error-prone display.
Conte has successfully switched to a three-man defence over recent games, with Cesar Azpilicueta moving into a central defensive role.
Azpilicueta is likely to remain in that position ahead of Terry, despite Conte stressing the importance of the 35-year-old to the club.
“I don’t like to talk about individual players. We win together and we lose together in every circumstance,” Conte said.
“It’s logical that John came back from injury and it’s not easy to restart and to find quickly the right shape.
“John is an important player for us, if he plays, if he doesn’t play, for the changing room, for his team-mates, for the club.
“I repeat, in this case always it’s important the team and not to think or to speak about an individual player.
“I have always to take the best decision for the team, never for an individual player.”
John Terry and Jose Mourinho sharing a moment on the touchline ahead of today's game at Stamford Bridge. pic.twitter.com/5kcKvNIOy5
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