Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Antonio Conte Doesn't Think Newcastle Defeat Was His Last Chelsea League Match

Antonio Conte Doesn't Think Newcastle Defeat Was His Last Chelsea League Match

Conte's side still have the incentive of silverware to play for when they face Manchester United in the FA Cup final next Saturday.

The former Italy boss has endured a tougher campaign this time around, as Chelsea sit outside the Champions League spots, but hope remains to land the FA Cup.

However, a takeover bid by Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners broke down in January and although Newcastle are still for sale, it is understood the price-tag has increased with another season of the Premier League's riches secured. Now they can be fairly certain of far longer, and less glamorous journeys through Europe than the one they made to Newcastle United to bring to a drab end an unfulfilling league season.

In the aftermath of beating Chelsea on the final day of the season, the club have released a statement from the owner.

Ashley can also stop his private development of hotels, retail and student accommodation on land opposite the Gallowgate, which means realistically it would stop the stadium ever being extended, then do a proper public feasibility study as to whether St James Park can be increased in capacity.

"It looked to me like everyone had one eye on the cup final which is very risky and we were lucky the game was kind of irrelevant".

Gabriel Jesus' stoppage time victor - man, does this club play to the final season's whistle - made sure Man City added "first 100-point club" to its list of awesome accomplishments.

Conte will shoulder, rightly, much blame for the way the balloon burst for the Blues in the Premier League in 2017/18, and all the signs are that the FA Cup showdown will be his last knockout assignment for the club, that the Europa League campaign will be somebody else's mission. I'm very happy for last season.

Here are the Newcastle United players rated in their win over Chelsea. "With good spells and bad spells through the season we are happy to finish 10th".

Isaac Hayden (7/10): Came on for the highly influential Jonjo Shelvey in the final phase of the game as he helped his team comfortably see out their lead against Chelsea.

"For Conte, I'd be amazed if we see him on the touchline for Chelsea next year, he just looks like he wants to get away now", Redknapp said. Newcastle were more determined than us. "I wasn't able to convey that determination to my players". Had the Champions League truly been on the line it would have been very hard to take.

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