Conte's future in doubt as Chelsea face top-four woe

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United walks off the pitch after being sent off during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on February 3

Newcastle dismantle flimsy Chelsea in perfect tribute to all that Rafael Benitez has done this term

The west London side reached the FA Cup final last season but they were beaten by Arsenal in the final.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has blasted his teammates over their final day 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United, suggesting "everyone" had one eye on the FA Cup final next Saturday.

The deposed champions needed to win at St James' Park and Liverpool to lose at home to Brighton if they were to snatch a top-four finish, but Dwight Gayle's header and an Ayoze Perez double, coupled with a 4-0 home win at Anfield, ended their hopes. "You'll have to ask the club about that", Conte added.

"I don't know, but for sure Newcastle came out more determined than us".

Leaving aside the omitted first chapter of Conte's coaching career, which featured trophyless seasons at Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena, the message he wanted to convey was clear: I am not the problem. Had the Champions League truly been on the line it would have been very hard to take. Benitez stated that the squad will once again travel to Ireland for training, and also said that details are already organised for the club.

There is a great disappointment for me.

"If we want to achieve something, then we have to understand what we need to achieve that".

"I absolutely doubt if Conte is going to be there next season", he told talkSPORT. "Since the start of the first game, I think. the time I start listening to the speculation about me, this is the moment I start to be anxious". "When I've started a season I have always won". "To finish fifth is a big disappointment for me".

Emenalo is best remembered by many Chelsea fans for the rare interview he granted to the club's in-house TV channel immediately following Jose Mourinho's departure in December 2015, in which he coined the phrase "palpable discord" to describe the toxic atmosphere that had developed between the manager and his players.

"I'm very lucky to have a person very close to me that helps me in every moment, in a positive moment, in a negative moment, to face the situation in the best possible way".

'Next we will see.

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