Conte: Chelsea lacked spirit and desire

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud signals a heart shape towards the fans

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud signals a heart shape towards the fans

He stated they must be at their best ahead of next weekend's FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Chelsea produced an abject performance as they missed out on a place in next season's Champions League by going down 3-0 at Newcastle United on Sunday. If we think we (can) play a game like this in the final of the FA Cup, we don't have a chance. "But if we didn't have this will and desire, I'm the first person to answer (for it)".

Chelsea have been widely tipped to replace Conte at the end of the season but the Italian again insisted he expected to see out the final year of his contract.

"The most important thing is what the club thinks, not you or the speculation about me".

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has stated that missing out on Champions League football could be a positive situation for the club.

A rapid second-half double from Ayoze Perez added to Dwight Gayle's 23rd-minute opener as Chelsea came up short on Tyneside.

Newcastle deservedly ended a run of four successive defeats under former Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez to earn a top-10 finish.

"But I think to finish the season this way is not good for the team, it's not good for the players, it's not good for the fans". Instead, it was Liverpool who hammered Brighton 4-0 at Anfield booked their place in next season's Champions League.

There will be the customary hype preceding this Saturday's showpiece final, but the painful reality is that both finalists have each won once in their last three outings, with ManUre scoring just once and Chelsea a mere twice.

The west London side are in fifth place in the Premier League table and are two points adrift of Liverpool FC with one game to go in the season.

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

'Next we will see. However, as with the non-dismissal of Bakayoko today, we can all look forward to more mayhem from this fallen superpower.

"We're still talking and we will see what happens".

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