Chelsea 'don't have a chance' unless they improve - Conte

Annette Crawford
May 15, 2018

Jose Mourinho led his Red Devils side to a win over Watford to end their league season on a high and there is no doubting who goes into that huge clash in better shape. Speaking during an interview with Evening Standard said: "The smart money is on them hiring another of Europe's most established managers and giving him a decent budget to sign top-class players".

Chelsea surely knew everything had to fall into place to earn a Champions League spot.

Klopp's men at one stage threatened to overtake third-placed Spurs, who came from behind to beat Leicester 5-4, but the German declared himself satisfied.

Chelsea finally got a shot on target in the 52nd minute, as a magnificent flick from Olivier Giroud was tipped over by Newcastle's on-loan keeper Martin Dubravka.

Ironically, the new marketing slogan for Chelsea's new Nike kits is "Expect thrilling". For this season, for sure.

Rafa Benitez has won only three of his 13 Premier League matches against Chelsea (D2, L8).

Hazard is understood to be interested in a move to Real Madrid should any interest materialise, but with no approach made by the Spanish giants the Blues remain hopeful that the Belgium star will remain loyal should they hire an attack-minded manager.

Conte watched it all in stony silence on the touchline, not for the first time this season a bystander to catastrophic events.

When asked if this was his last Premier League game in charge of Chelsea, Conte said: "I have a contract and I am committed to this club". They looked as though they were riding the game out, rather than competing in it.

The Scotland global linked up well with Perez and Shelvey to cross looking for Gayle just before he gave Newcastle the lead; N'Golo Kante deflected the ball away from the striker, but Courtois had to be alert to deal with it.

Chelsea fans are furious with Antonio Conte following the Blues' first-half performance against Newcastle at St. James' Park.

The Sky Sports pundit declaring "Newcastle were brilliant, they deserved it", as Rafa's team ran out easy 3-0 winners.

Newcastle returned to midtable of the top division after a short stint in the Championship.

Conte agreed his team had looked "less determined" than Newcastle.

What's different from last season?

"Chelsea... I mean it was a shambles".

If Conte can set his side up to cope with United's dominance in possession, they will hope for a chance to pick off a tiring United side in the second half. I think they today showed great desire, great will to fight and to take three points and finish this season in the best possible way.

There are likely to be tributes aplenty to Ray Wilkins on Saturday following the former Chelsea and United midfielder's death last month. The tactics that seemed magical last season have been figured out by the rest of the league.

May 19 is an important date for Chelsea.

Nobody cared about the league finish because Chelsea lifted the one trophy that everyone wanted.

The Spaniard is about to enter the final year of his current contract, and once again refused to rule out leaving St James' Park this summer in his post-match press conference.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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