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

Arnold Nichols
May 16, 2018

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.

Shelvey then lashed a shot wide from inside the penalty area before the increasingly-confident Gayle forced Courtois into a brilliant save low down to his left.

Ritchie's deep, right-wing free-kick was sent back across goal by Florian Lejeune, enabling Perez to tap home from inside the six-yard box.

Alan Shearer has taken to Twitter to suggest that Newcastle have enjoyed a fantastic first season back in the Premier League, while he also lauded the supporters for the way that they have stuck by the Magpies this term.

In a statement issued a little more than two hours after the final whistle, the sportswear tycoon said: "I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season". However, he was later replaced by Joselu at the start of the second half, due to an injury.

Martin Dubravka (8/10): Had absolutely nothing to do in the first half but showed once again as to why he has transformed into a cult figure during his short stint with Newcastle with some great saves, which kept denying Chelsea from getting on the scoresheet.

The form of the two teams couldn't be any more different with Chelsea winning four of their last five games, drawing once. Newcastle hustled, harried and battled, making Chelsea feel uncomfortable with every touch.

Asked if he would speak to owner Mike Ashley personally, Benitez said: "I don't know".

Chelsea will be playing Europa League football next season, and being brutally honest, we don't deserve anything more.

"When you are at the end of the season, this can happen". But his happiness is not the issue, his belief that he can achieve all he wants to achieve, with as much control as he needs, is what is in question. "It certainly doesn't mean he's a bad manager if it doesn't work out here, that's Chelsea's model and it works for them".

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.

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

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