Conte "wasn't able" to keep Chelsea determined vs

Doug Mendoza
May 14, 2018

Chelsea went into the match needing three points but the West Londoners were desperately below-par in the North-East as Dwight Gayle and a double from Ayoze Perez gave the Magpies a deserved win.

It will be midweek Europa League expeditions from September, not the more luminous Uefa Champions League that a club of Chelsea's status, wealth and prestige would regard as their natural entitlement.

Newcastle comfortably beat Chelsea at St James' Park.

But Conte admitted he was in the dark regarding Chelsea's summer plans, suggesting he will leave the club this summer.

Redknapp singled out midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for criticism, and with just under a week until the FA Cup final against Manchester United, the Sky Sports pundit was surprised the stand-in players didn't put in a better display.

Newcastle haven't been great at home this season as they hold the division's 13th best home record, while Chelsea have been impressive away from home and are 4th in the league based on their away record.

But another 12 months on, Blues fans are feeling off-colour once again.

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Their penultimate four games of the season aside, the Magpies have been soaring in the second half of the campaign.

That the criticisms from the hardcore Chelsea faithful have been more cutting than the inevitable banter from rival fans says a lot about the disconnect at a club that could still end up with silverware this season.

Also, might be a radical idea but why didn't Mike Ashley come and see Rafa Benitez face to face and thank him personally for saving his bacon this season AND then persuade him he is genuine, rather than a lame statement. "But I'm the first person to answer for this".

When asked why the Nigerian's departure affected the team, Conte said, "Yes".

Newcastle have been attempting to persuade Benitez to sign a new contract with the club; his existing deal runs out in a year's time.

But there are more immediate reflections to be made by Chelsea's strategists on what went wrong this season, the abrupt decline from the team brilliantly guided to the 2017 Premier League title. None of the intensity and organisation that had helped them win the Premier League title last season was on show; they looked passive, disinterested and as if they would rather be anywhere else than the North East.

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