Conte: EPL Fifth Position Not Acceptable, I'm Committed To Chelsea

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud signals a heart shape towards the fans

It will be midweek Europa League expeditions from September, not the more luminous Uefa Champions League that a club of Chelsea's status, wealth and prestige would regard as their natural entitlement.

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. Maybe they will help you attract a player who turns out to be a key player.

Newcastle's fifth minute free kick came from a promising angle, but Chelsea cleared the effort with a powerful header.

Martin Dubravka (8/10): Had absolutely nothing to do in the first half but showed once again as to why he has transformed into a cult figure during his short stint with Newcastle with some great saves, which kept denying Chelsea from getting on the scoresheet.

Aside from being a rock at the back, Florian Lejeune made a vital assist for Newcastle's third of the night, which effectively sealed all three points for the Magpies. "But I think when there is this situation the first person to answer for this must be the coach, because if in this game we lacked the spirit, the will, the desire, I'm the first person to answer for this".

The former Italy boss has endured a tougher campaign this time around, as Chelsea sit outside the Champions League spots, but hope remains to land the FA Cup.

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Alan Shearer has taken to Twitter to suggest that Newcastle have enjoyed a fantastic first season back in the Premier League, while he also lauded the supporters for the way that they have stuck by the Magpies this term.

Chelsea have an FA Cup final to look forward to against Manchester United at Wembley next weekend. It will be interesting to see if Chelsea make any move for the English defender this summer, following a series of impressive performances this campaign. I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.

The Premier League put a bow on its remarkable season with a 100-point flourish from Man City, and a new single-season scoring mark.

Jose Mourinho led his Red Devils side to a win over Watford to end their league season on a high and there is no doubting who goes into that huge clash in better shape.

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