Benitez calls for united front at Newcastle

Benitez calls for united front at Newcastle

Conte insisted that his side can not overcome Manchester United in the final of their FA Cup clash at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 19, if they repeat their shambolic display in their last EPL game.

Newcastle United fans were left serenading their manager, Rafael Benitez, after watching their side run out 3-0 winners over Chelsea at St James' Park, securing a top ten finish on their Premier League return.

But the Italian has warned his players that they can not afford to deliver a repeat performance of their defeat to Newcastle.

To claim a spot in the Champions League, the Blues needed a win against Newcastle United and for Liverpool not to win in their game against Brighton.

And despite the FA Cup final against Manchester United to look forward to on Saturday, Conte must surely already be planning for life after Stamford Bridge...and a big payout.

'We have six days to change our approach and desire and will to fight.

But they go into that game with a continuing question mark over their Italian coach following their failure to qualify for Europe's premier club competition, their points tally 23 less than in their title-winning season 12 months ago.

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They endured a dire end to the season, being held at home by relegation-threatened Huddersfield before suffering a chastening defeat at Newcastle on the final day.

"I have a contract and the club know very well the situation".

"We didn't lose our place in Champions League today, but only in the last two game".

"And the fans, the atmosphere here is togetherness, the relationship, the players they care, the manager, the staff, working together trying to achieve what we want to achieve". "What I would like is to be sure that the team is able to compete to finish above tenth".

"I am working with my players this season and I think it is not right to tell something about this".

Since all 10 games will be played simultaneously, Chelsea and Liverpool fans would be keeping a keen eye on the score at the other place as well. None of the intensity and organisation that had helped them win the Premier League title last season was on show; they looked passive, disinterested and as if they would rather be anywhere else than the North East. It's an all-too-familiar irony: The errors made by Chelsea over the past few years in the players they willingly let go keep resonating, in lists of key contributors to clubs who have finished above them, like Salah, or Kevin de Bruyne, or Romelu Lukaku.

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