Conte warns Chelsea flops to shape up ahead of FACup final

Posted May 16, 2018

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

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned his team that they must improve on their toothless display in Sunday's Premier League defeat by Newcastle United when the London outfit take on Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

"So I think it's the way forward".

"I am committed for this club, for me this is important".

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'We have six days to change our approach and desire and will to fight.

Chelsea now face a second season outside the Champions League in the last three years, which represents a significant blow to the club in both financial and footballing terms. I have a contract with Newcastle, I'm talking to them about my renewal.

Asked to assess the damage, Conte said: "I think I'm the last person to speak about this". Honestly, the way that they have played considering what is at stake.

"To finish fifth is a big disappointment".

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Question marks also remain over the future of Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, who is set for key talks with the club's owner Mike Ashley in the next week to discuss his potential summer transfer budget as he looks to build on an encouraging campaign.

The Champions League-winning former Liverpool manager ranks his achievement in guiding Newcastle to a top half finish among the highlights of his glittering coaching career.

The 26-year-old helped Leicester City to win an unprecedented Premier League title under Claudio Ranieri in 2015-16.

The Sky Sports pundit was speaking after their final match of the season, and he could not believe what he had seen.

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"We deserved to lose because our start wasn't good and we suffered by losing every ball", Conte told the BBC. The fans have ambitions, we have ambitions and we need to know if everyone has the same feeling.