Chelsea finishes 5th in EPL after losing 3-0 at Newcastle

Head coach Rafael Benitez of Real Madrid CF looks on sitted on the bench prior to start the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Head coach Rafael Benitez of Real Madrid CF looks on sitted on the bench prior to start the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Chelsea take on Manchester United this Saturday at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup final. "Blues owner Roman Abramovich and the club's supporters might have to adapt to a couple of quieter years, but in the long term it might be another route to success - and it would be far more cost-effective." added ex-Fulham and Tottenham midfielder.

The Belgian seemed to be the only visiting player up for the game and, moments later, he was equal to Mohamed Diame's shot, tipping it round the post for a corner.

Rafa Benitez will be wary of the threat Chelsea might pose, especially having been the caretaker manager of the club for nearly a full season.

It was a tribute to all Benitez has done this season, as well as a plea for him to stay and build on a hugely encouraging first season back in the top flight. "I have a contract and I am committed for this club".

"I have worked with my players this season and I think it's not right to say something about this because there are other people to judge our season and judge the problem of finishing out of the Champions League".

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.

The Blues are said to be fretting over Hazard's future at the club following a turbulent campaign and as a result they have taken the decision to make another managerial change, with the Conte's successor needing to appeal to the Belgium international's attacking flair - as per the Telegraph.


Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has admitted he is to blame for the Blues' woeful defeat to Newcastle.

"Newcastle started very well and we were sloppy".

Emenalo is now the sporting director at AS Monaco and has not been replaced at Chelsea. Conte, who still has a year left on his contract, has certainly toned down his belligerent rheotric in recent weeks to avoid jeopardising any potential payoff.

Any neutral would have easily spotted the team that obviously was playing to try and get a place in the FA Cup final team and still with hopes of Champions League qualification.

Instead, it was one of the worst first-half performances we've seen this season. No, I don't think.

"It's great, I think it's good (if Conte is still in charge)", Di Matteo told Sky Sports. "Now, probably, you can finish fifth and start with a bit of an advantage compared to when you finish 10th".

"We have six days to change our approach, our desire, our will to fight because we can do much better".

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