Conte opens up over reason for Chelsea’s loss to Newcastle

Joe Williams

Antonio Conte has admitted that Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United was down to him failing to “convey” his determination to the players.

The Blues had to win before kick-off to stand any chance of pipping Liverpool to fourth place but the result didn’t matter in the end as Jurgen Klopp’s men defeated Brighton 4-0 at Anfield.

Despite that, Conte was disappointed to finish the season with a loss as Chelsea ended the season in fifth place.

“We deserved to lose because our start wasn’t good and we suffered by losing every ball,” Conte said. “Newcastle were more determined than us. We didn’t lose our Champions League place today, we had chances in the last two games, but to finish the season this way is not good for anyone connected to the club.

“When you are at the end of the season, this performance can happen, but the first person to answer for this must be the coach. I wasn’t able to convey that determination to my players.”

On facing Manchester United in next weekend’s FA Cup final, Conte added: “We have six days to prepare for the final of the FA Cup and we have to change.”

When Conte was asked if today’s defeat was his last Premier League game in charge of Chelsea, he replied: “I have a contract and I am committed to this club.”