Conte: EPL Fifth Position Not Acceptable, I'm Committed To Chelsea

Newcastle United fans at St James' Park

Ciaran Clark and Christian Atsu will play no part either as the duo remain sidelined with knee injuries.

At one point Chelsea suffered five defeats in seven Premier League games.

Guy Mowbray: "It's considered vulgar to talk money, yet with Newcastle the topic of finance is never far away". And with Rafa Benitez unlikely to deviate from his usual tactics against a Big Six club, the Magpies will aim to frustrate the capital club. As Chelsea have floundered, he has grown more crazed on the touchline.

On this evidence, the casual spectator would think it was Newcastle preparing for an FA Cup final, not Chelsea.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy reveals why Burnley coach Sean Dyche should replace Chelsea manager Antonio Conte in the summer. At the beginning, the target was to stay up. For the incredible support and your presence every single game.

"We need to finish on a high".

"Our fans deserved more today".

"One month ago we had ten points less than Tottenham and Liverpool, with six games to go, it was very hard to take a place in the Champions League". Chelsea will need their talisman at his very best on Sunday if they have any chance at pipping Liverpool to 4th place.

With one game to go and Champions League qualification out of their hands, the upcoming off-season looks like a tough one for Chelsea.

"I'm the last person to judge the moment of the club", he insisted. "I'm not in a position to say [whether an expert in that field should be hired]".

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

Despite winning the Premier League title last season the 2017/18 campaign has not gone quite so smoothly for the London club.

Blues boss Conte has already warned his team "don't have a chance" of beating United at Wembley to lift the FA Cup - in what well could be his last game as manager - if they fail to produce an improved display.

They've also scored just once in those four defeats - a goal by Ayoze Perez in a 2-1 loss at Watford.

"I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season", said Ashley.

Chelsea have lost three of their last four games on Tyneside and are without a win since December 2011.

Even the FA Cup would not render this season a success for Chelsea, but Conte will have been concerned by the total lack of appetite shown by his players. Dyche's reputation has grown this season having led Burnley to seventh in the Premier League, earning them a spot in next year's Europa League.

"I would not want them to exert too much energy on the Newcastle match and get our key players injured".

After a 10th place finish for the blues before he got there, he instantly took them up to the top and made it four league titles in four years of club management.



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