Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Chelsea finishes 5th in EPL after losing 3-0 at Newcastle

Willian GETTY Willian has been in and out of the Chelsea team
Elias Hubbard | 16 May, 2018, 12:40

I am the coach of this team and after a game like this, I am the first to answer for this bad game.

That is a significant achievement for a club which embarked upon a frustratingly modest - in the eyes of its manager, at least - summer recruitment campaign in the wake of promotion, and relied exclusively upon the loan market in January.

Cahill suggested Chelsea were focused on next weekend's FA Cup final against Manchester United, but would be irritated if any members of the team had taken the clash at St James' Park lightly. 'From the start Newcastle outplayed us I many aspects. "If we think we can play a game like this in the final of the FA Cup then we don't have a chance", Conte told reporters as he looked ahead to Saturday's Wembley showdown.

"We have six days to change our approach, our desire, our will to fight".

"We wanted to end the season in the best possible way, but we can do better than this", he said.

"No, I don't think so".

Antonio Conte
GETTY Antonio Conte is under huge pressure at Chelsea

Chelsea now face a second season outside the Champions League in the last three years, which represents a significant blow to the club in both financial and footballing terms.

"I am repeating always the same thing; I am committed to this club", he said.

"Last season he helped me a lot during the season".

'If we had come off that pitch with that performance having thrown a Champions League spot away, it would have been extremely hard to take'.

The Spaniard, who has a year left on his contract, has been critical of Newcastle's poor transfer dealings throughout the season.

Ashley previously promised investment at the end of the 2016-17 campaign after Newcastle won promotion from the Championship but the funds did not materialise, leading Benitez to deal with a thin squad throughout the season.

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