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Conte admits Newcastle were more ‘determined’ to win than his side

Chelsea ended their season in embarrassing fashion as they slipped to a hugely disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Newcastle.

Antonio Conte’s put in a lacklustre display at St.James Park despite going into the game with an outside chance of finishing in the top four and securing qualification for the next seasons Champions League.

The Blues fell behind to a first-half Dwight Gayle strike before Spanish attacker Ayoze Perez scored a brace in the second period to seal victory for the home side.

Speaking to the BBC afterwards Conte admitted his side did not deserve to win today or finish in the top four when he said:

“We deserved to lose because our start wasn’t good and we suffered by losing every ball. Newcastle were more determined than us,” said the Italian.

“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.”

Chelsea will face Manchester United in the FA Cup final next weekend, and Conte also revealed that his side will have to improve a lot if they are to have any chance winning at Wembley.

“We have six days to prepare for the final of the FA Cup and we have to change.”

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