Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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

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

It is a while since Chelsea knew their defence of the title was over.

Spurs booked a spot in next season's Champions League on Wednesday with a win against Newcastle.

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.

However, should Liverpool win the Champions League and finish fourth - fifth place would not qualify for the Champions League.

Indeed, Chelsea do still have the FA Cup final to look forward to. They lost nine matches altogether in the Premier League, while they drew seven more games. At least they had a bright, sun-kissed afternoon for it.

Matt Ritchie's inswinging delivery set up Jacob Murphy for a half-volley from close range and although Courtois clawed the shot out, Gayle was perfectly placed to convert from close range for his sixth top-flight goal of the campaign.

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The Blues do not have any other fresh injury concerns and will hope they can get the job done in the north-east, whilst hoping Liverpool slip up against Brighton and Hove Albion in what will be a tense Sunday for Chelsea. I remember very well he left just after the Manchester United game.

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It would be soon be 3-0 at Anfield.

Conte guided Chelsea to the title in his first season in charge, but his future has been shrouded in uncertainty all campaign. Slack Chelsea defending led to Ayoze Perez scoring a second-half brace as Rafa Benitez stuck the knife into his former side.

Conte has winced more often than he wished to at poor defending this season.

"I think there was a great frustration because in our mind, there was the will to finish this season in the best possible way". Conte fell out with star striker Diego Costa, resulting in Costa returning to previous club Atletico Madrid and, despite signing Alvaro Morata last summer for around €68 million, the Spanish striker has yet to prove his worth to the club. "Our chances today were zero", Conte told Sky Sports. "We have to have confidence in this team". The South Coast outfit is leading the Welsh club by three points in the league table.

Despite all but missing out on Champions League football next season, Roman Abramovich is aware that an attacking impetus brought to the club by either Enrique or Sarri would boost their attempts to secure Hazard on a new £300,000-per-week contract. "For whatever reason, we were way off the pace". I'm very happy for this season.

"I would not want them to exert too much energy on the Newcastle match and get our key players injured".

"Two years ago Chelsea ended the season 10th and not in the final of the FA Cup or semi-final of Carabao Cup".

"When you are at the end of the season, it can happen, but when there is this situation, the first person to answer for this is the coach".

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