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Blues can build on this season: Conte

Moses' Chelsea target Champions League spot Blues can build on this season: Conte
Frederick Owens | 15 May, 2018, 22:53

Newcastle United ended Chelsea's UEFA Champions League hopes with a crushing 3-0 victory in the Premier League on Sunday.

Chelsea need a win and a Liverpool loss to earn a Champions League spot, or else they must settle for 5th place and a Europa League berth next season.

Newcastle have lost four consecutive games since passing the 40-point mark by beating Arsenal in mid-April but their midweek performance when going down 1-0 to Spurs at Wembley was not one of a team who were already thinking of the end of the season.

Whilst Conte is not entirely responsible for our downfall, the Italian's attitude has been far from professional in recent times and his negative approach to games have also cost the team. The manager seems to believe that this game is a final of sorts and will want his team to play likewise.

The dethroned Premier League Champions Chelsea have been linked with a potential appointment of Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, ex-Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri. Newcastle, safe from relegation for at least a month, were the team who dominated with intensity and goal. True, a top-four finish was an extremely remote possibility.

The 58-year-old hopes to remain at the club next season, and said his squad would need reinforcements, especially with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, striker Islam Slimani and winger Kenedy all set to return to their parent clubs when their loan deals expire.

Chelsea have been a shadow of last season's vintage in attack throughout this campaign, but it was their hapless defending that will most concern Conte. "I'm sure we can do better".

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David Wagner keeping Huddersfield in the Premier League, Sean Dyche leading Burnley to Europe and Roy Hodgson turning around Crystal Palace's fortunes are just three examples of superb overachieving.

Although Chelsea's chances of a top four finish were out of their hands given Liverpool's win over Brighton, their attempt to bridge the gap was nonetheless feeble.

He had earlier said: "I think our start wasn't good, and we suffered from the start".

"This is my first season not to win a title at either Juventus or Chelsea".

"Other people will judge our position, judge the situation, take the right evaluation after two years of work, and then understand which is now Chelsea's position is in in the panoramic of football".

"Newcastle showed a great desire and will to take all three points and finish the season in the best possible way".

"I have a contract and I'm committed for this club", he insisted. "I wasn't able to convey that determination to my players".

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