Conte expects to stay at Chelsea despite missing out on Champions League

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That the criticisms from the hardcore Chelsea faithful have been more cutting than the inevitable banter from rival fans says a lot about the disconnect at a club that could still end up with silverware this season.

Conte's side have a chance to atone for a below-par fifth-place finish - which condemned them to a place in next season's Europa League - when they face United at Wembley on May 19. I think, I think so.

It took until the 51st minute for Chelsea to test Martin Dubravka - Olivier Giroud attempting a spectacular trademark acrobatic effort but the Newcastle goalkeeper was equal to it.

'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.

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.

In what is widely expected to be Conte's last game in charge as Chelsea come up against former manager Jose Mourinho, the 48-year-old acknowledged his side need to up their levels in all departments to have any hope of clinching the trophy for the first time since 2012.


Mohamed Salah set the new Premier League scoring record, while Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson, and Dominic Solanke also scored to lead Liverpool back into the UEFA Champions League regardless of the final against Real Madrid. Now probably, you finish fifth and you start with an advantage compared to when you finish 10th. It's not important. The most important thing is what the club thinks, not you or the speculation about me.

Chelsea were comfortably beaten on the final day of the Premier League season at St James' Park as a goal from Dwight Gayle and a double from Ayoze Perez sealed a 3-0 win for Rafa Benitez's side.

However, this season has seen the Blues struggle and watch as their lose their title to a rampant and brilliant Manchester City.

"We did it against Tottenham and it wasn't enough; we did it today and it was a flawless day for the fans, for the players, for everyone".

What a way to end a season. "For sure, we can do better".

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