Antonio Conte fires fresh Mourinho dig as he hints at Chelsea exit

Antonio Conte reiterates his commitment to Chelsea: 'I have a contract at the club'

Antonio Conte reiterates his commitment to Chelsea: 'I have a contract at the club'

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has said the departure of the team's former Technical Director Mike Emenalo made the season hard for the Blues.

A brace from Ayoze Perez along with a goal from Dwight Gayle secured a comfortable victory for the home side, who will be delighted to have performed so brilliantly against last season's PL champions.

Asked if Chelsea were now in a better place than when he arrived, Conte said: 'For sure, we worked two years and worked very hard to try to build something, to create a base.

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.

Chelsea make the visit to St James Park for the final Premier League game of the campaign against Newcastle United.

Ashley has admitted he can not afford to give his manager the kind of funds he would need to take the club to the next level and put the business up for sale in October past year as a result.

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Chelsea will be playing Europa League football next season, and being brutally honest, we don't deserve anything more. While Benitez, the ex of Chelsea's dugout was outmanoeuvring Antonio Conte's limp Londoners, two ex-Chelsea forwards, Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke, were scoring for Liverpool to widen the gap.

'Now, I think we must be focused to finish the season.

With the game over as a contest, neither side were prepared to put too much effort into the closing stages and the game naturally petered out, with Newcastle ending the season on a high and Chelsea left needing to regroup ahead of next week's FA Cup final with Manchester United. Now they can be fairly certain of far longer, and less glamorous journeys through Europe than the one they made to Newcastle United to bring to a drab end an unfulfilling league season.

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.

'For this I am the first person to answer for this as I am the coach of this team and I am the first person to answer for this game'. Newcastle have enjoyed a fairly strong return to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez and will head into Sunday's match with safety confirmed and a chance to spoil any potential Chelsea party.