Newcastle United smash listless Chelsea, finish 10th

  • Newcastle United smash listless Chelsea, finish 10th

Newcastle United smash listless Chelsea, finish 10th

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.

Here, we look at some talking points from the game.

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.

That makes Chelsea's lifeless display all the more worrying.

If this was to be farewell for the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid head coach, his players gave him a rousing send-off, as Perez struck twice after the break to add to Gayle's first-half opener to confirm an impressive 10th-place finish in their first season back in the top flight. Newcastle continued in the ascendency, riding every Chelsea challenge; Shelvey saw another well-struck effort whistle past the post before Perez went close just before halftime.

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. "We knew that if we started with a high tempo we could keep the fans behind the team. But I'm the first person to answer for this".

The Italian has demanded a vast improvement after a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday ended a disappointing Premier League season which has seen last year's title winners fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Harry Kane became the second Premier League player to score 30 goals this season, as Spurs trailed 1-0 and 3-1.

"And we've seen slowly but surely that the manager has become overcome with the situation, he's not his normal self".

Further forward, Conte should go with his most-favourable pick of Willian and Eden Hazard on the right and left side of the attack whilst we are backing Olivier Giroud to reclaim his starting role after another failure for Alvaro Morata.

Newcastle have been attempting to persuade Benitez to sign a new contract with the club; his existing deal runs out in a year's time.