Antonio Conte: I 'wasn't able to convey that determination' to Chelsea players


Newcastle sealed an impressive 10th place finish on their return to the top-flight thanks to two second-half goals from Ayoze Perez after Dwight Gayle opened the scoring before the interval.

Chelsea have finished in fifth place, meaning that they will play in the Europa League next season, although Conte has the chance to salvage the campaign with a win in the FA Cup final at Wembley next Saturday.

Ashley has admitted he can not afford to give his manager the kind of funds he would need to take the club to the next level and put the business up for sale in October past year as a result.

And Redknapp says Chelsea's performance was so bad, they should make it up to their supporters.

Antonio Conte had his trousers pulled down in front of the 52,000 supporters at St. James' Park and the millions watching around the world.

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With the game over as a contest, neither side were prepared to put too much effort into the closing stages and the game naturally petered out, with Newcastle ending the season on a high and Chelsea left needing to regroup ahead of next week's FA Cup final with Manchester United.

Perez got in on the act with a scuffed attempt which nearly found the far bottom corner but from Chelsea's perspective, Antonio Conte's men reached the break having failed to register a single shot. They showed a great desire and will to take three points and finish the season in the best possible way. However, he was later replaced by Joselu at the start of the second half, due to an injury.

But there are more immediate reflections to be made by Chelsea's strategists on what went wrong this season, the abrupt decline from the team brilliantly guided to the 2017 Premier League title.

But another 12 months on, Blues fans are feeling off-colour once again. "But I'm the first person to answer for this". Newcastle were more determined than us.

"I have a contract and the club know very well the situation".

In what is widely expected to be Conte's last game in charge as Chelsea come up against former manager Jose Mourinho, the 48-year-old acknowledged his side need to up their levels in all departments to have any hope of clinching the trophy for the first time since 2012. "We are still talking, so we will see".