Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'Blame me for Chelsea's 3-0 loss to Newcastle' - Conte

'Blame me for Chelsea's 3-0 loss to Newcastle' - Conte

"They made me some offers to stay here for a few more years, plus I have to manage my family: if I chose to go to Newcastle and stay there, even in the Championship, it's also because of my family".

What you can do is hurt them by breaking with pace, and a more direct form of football that Chelsea have made work already this season.

'For sure we must change, if we think we play a game like this in the FA Cup we don't have a chance, ' said Conte.

"I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United". "For this reason, you have to know this and prepare in the right way". At least they had a bright, sun-kissed afternoon for it.

Dwight Gayle opened the scoring against the Blues with a close-range header midway through the first half, after Thibaut Courtois had clawed away Jacob Murphy's miscued effort.

The Blue backlash? Meagre.

Unsurprisingly Liverpool have dealt with Brighton pretty easily but no-one saw Chelsea's astonishing capitulation at Newcastle coming. Chelsea will thrash Newcastle.

It would be soon be 3-0 at Anfield.

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"To lose Michael, it was a big loss for us", Conte said.

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 previous year as a result.

The Italian was critical of his team's "approach and desire" against Newcastle and refused to discuss the ramifications of missing out on a spot in the Champions League. There is recruitment. Midfielders such as Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley, both in the starting line-up, conspicuously failed to reinforce a title-holding squad. This was another sloppy day. The season ends with a fittingly disappointing and flat performance that explains everything that is wrong with this group of players and their complete inability to get going for the fans, the badge or really any reason at all.

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.

And then there's Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.

There was a great frustration because in our mind there was will to finish the season in the best possible way. "There is another year on my contract and I will try to do my best to move forward".

"For sure we didn't play a good game, from the start Newcastle outplayed us in every way". Newcastle too, need a win to ensure a top half finish. We don't have a chance. But I think to finish the season this way is not good.

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