Antonio Conte Doesn't Think Newcastle Defeat Was His Last Chelsea League Match

Antonio Conte Doesn't Think Newcastle Defeat Was His Last Chelsea League Match

A brace from Ayoze Perez along with a goal from Dwight Gayle secured a comfortable victory for the home side, who will be delighted to have performed so brilliantly against last season's PL champions.

Despite the best attempts from staging a come back, the Magpies held on for the all-important with Chelsea's hierarchy all but planning for next season's Europa League.

Aside from being a rock at the back, Florian Lejeune made a vital assist for Newcastle's third of the night, which effectively sealed all three points for the Magpies. It will be interesting to see if Chelsea make any move for the English defender this summer, following a series of impressive performances this campaign.

In midfield, N'Golo Kante remains one of the club's ever-presents whenever fit and the Blues' Player of the Year should maintain his position in the centre of the park. Newcastle continued in the ascendency, riding every Chelsea challenge; Shelvey saw another well-struck effort whistle past the post before Perez went close just before halftime.

Conte told his postmatch news conference that Chelsea had to rediscover their desire if they were to have any chance in the FA Cup final against Manchester United next Sunday. That all stemmed from Conte; dressed head to toe in a Chelsea tracksuit rather than his once trademark suave suit, he stood still on the edge of his technical area, nearly shrugging his shoulders with every Newcastle attack. However, he was later replaced by Joselu at the start of the second half, due to an injury. Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough. "But I'm the first person to answer for this".

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"But I think to finish the season this way is not good for the team, it's not good for the players, it's not good for the fans". Last year's Premier League champions finished the season in fifth place and will face United at Wembley on Saturday.

"We have to sit down, talk and see where we are".

Chelsea, I mean, it's a shambles.

Asked if Chelsea were now in a better place than when he arrived, Conte said: 'For sure, we worked two years and worked very hard to try to build something, to create a base.

He has 12 months left on his current contract, and when questioned about his future, the former Italy coach added: "I have a contract, I'm committed and the club know very well the situation".

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