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Antonio Conte Doesn't Think Newcastle Defeat Was His Last Chelsea League Match

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Cary Erickson | 15 May, 2018, 22:49

Only an FA Cup final success can slightly atone for a auto crash season, but even that may be beyond toothless one-goal Chelsea. Rumours have run rampant, about Simeone making a move to the Premier League this season.

"When you have the fans behind the team all season, this is the best way to finish", he told Sky Sports.

The Blues, who missed out on a Champions League place, ended their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 defeat at St James' Park.

Conte admits it has been a shock, especially what happened today, as instead of lifting a trophy, he watched his team come a distant second best to Newcastle.

Arsene Wenger takes charge of his final match as Arsenal boss when Arsenal tackle Huddersfield at the Kirklees Stadium.

However, as the club attempts to negotiate an extension, owner Ashley has expressed his gratitude to the 58-year-old and re-affirmed his commitment to his vision for the future.

That is a significant achievement for a club which embarked upon a frustratingly modest - in the eyes of its manager, at least - summer recruitment campaign in the wake of promotion, and relied exclusively upon the loan market in January.

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The 90s were far less successful for the club and the 1989/90 league title remains their most recent one to date.

Eden Hazard (69) is one short of moving third in Chelsea's top Premier League goalscorers list. It's an all-too-familiar irony: The errors made by Chelsea over the past few years in the players they willingly let go keep resonating, in lists of key contributors to clubs who have finished above them, like Salah, or Kevin de Bruyne, or Romelu Lukaku. The former Nigeria defender had cited a desire to spend more time with his young family, although, as it transpired, he would take up a similar position at Monaco a little over three weeks later. Back in 2003, English football would be changed forever when Ken Bates sold Chelsea to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Premier League clubs will be handed a boost from next season regarding direct entry to the group stages of the Champions League. But then our magical march towards the Champions League Final kicked into gear.

The Blues slipped to an embarrassing 3-0 away defeat to Newcastle in their final league game of the season, even though they technically still had a chance of qualifying for the top four going into the game.

Chelsea would have to wait another four years before they were finally able to win their first Champions League title.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: "I said so many times, it has been a great season".

"As I said before, the situation wasn't in our hands, and it was very hard to try to take a place in the Champions League".