Newcastle United smash listless Chelsea, finish 10th

  • Newcastle United smash listless Chelsea, finish 10th

Newcastle United smash listless Chelsea, finish 10th

It would be soon be 3-0 at Anfield.

Chelsea missed out on a place in next season's Champions League after being beaten by Newcastle's outstanding performance on the last day of the Premier League campaign.

He indicated that it is for the club to understand how damaging or not damaging it will be for Chelsea.

'Two years ago, Chelsea ended the season 10th and were not in the FA Cup final, did not reach the the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and were eliminated in the last 16 of the Champions League. It was Chelsea who got its first shot on target of the match when Olivier Giroud forced Martin Dubravka into an outstanding tip save. Barkley also made one strong run and shot at Dubravka.

Jonjo Shelvey stung a ninth minute effort at Thibaut Courtois, but the Belgian parried for Cesar Azpilicueta's clearance. Chelsea risk losing their negotiating power over their most-prized asset as Hazard will have only two years left in his deal in the summer.

The managerial situation could yet change in the build-up to the Wembley showpiece next Saturday. But if he felt some of his fringe players, like Barkley or Bakayoko, might seize the opportunity of a last audition for a cup final starting place, he was disappointed.

This could also have been a final game in charge for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, with the Spaniard's future in doubt pending key talks with the club's owner Mike Ashley in the next week. "We knew that if we started with a high tempo we could keep the fans behind the team". For sure we can do better than before.

Ayoze Perez struck twice to end Chelsea's faint hopes of Champions League qualification as Newcastle secured a top-10 finish on their return to the Premier League.

Prior to the Huddersfield game [a 1-1 draw in midweek] we were in good form but that's not an excuse. "There is another year on my contract and I will try to do my best to move forward".

Asked if Emenalo's decision to leave had made his job more hard, Conte replied: "Yes".

A first-half goal by Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United a 1-0 home win over Watford on Sunday and produced a fine farewell to the club's stalwart Michael Carrick who played his final Premier League game for the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the fastest Gunner to 10 Premier League goals and notably has status as the last player to score in Arsene Wenger's time at Arsenal. Chelsea, I mean, it's a shambles.