Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Sad ending for Antonio Conte as Newcastle hail Rafa Benitez

Sad ending for Antonio Conte as Newcastle hail Rafa Benitez

The Blues, who missed out on a Champions League place, ended their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 defeat at St James' Park. Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.

"We want to finish this season in the best possible way and our fans deserve more".

A speedy second-half double from Ayoze Perez added to Dwight Gayle's 23rd-minute opener as Chelsea got here up quick on Tyneside.

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To claim a spot in the Champions League, the Blues needed a win against Newcastle United and for Liverpool not to win in their game against Brighton.

"With good spells and bad spells through the season we are happy to finish 10th". "But I think when there is this situation the first person to answer for this must be the coach, because if in this game we lacked the spirit, the will, the desire, I'm the first person to answer for this". How damaging is it not to be in the Champions League?

"That's not an excuse, any other time I wouldn't be saying that, but we have a massive week now to prepare for a cup final which is very important for us".

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There is a possibility that Conte's team could still end the season on a high despite his side recording streak of frustrating results.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill believes the squad should now "self-reflect" and brush the disappointing finish to the Premier League season "below the carpet" as they put together for the FA Cup closing.

"That reception I received from our supporters at the end our supporters makes me really proud", admitted Benitez, who was serenaded by 50 000 fans at the final whistle demanding he remains in charge. The Belgium worldwide then forced them to go and give their farewells to the supporters. However, as with the non-dismissal of Bakayoko today, we can all look forward to more mayhem from this fallen superpower.

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"For the next game, for sure we must change".

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