Perez double condemns woeful Chelsea to Europa League

Perez double condemns woeful Chelsea to Europa League

Antonio Conte lined his bench with the players he will likely call upon when Chelsea try to dress up a woeful season with a little glamour next weekend as they look to lift a fifth FA Cup title in 12 years.

Shelvey then lashed a shot wide from inside the penalty area before the increasingly-confident Gayle forced Courtois into a brilliant save low down to his left. Trouble was, it came from Newcastle, who had tested Thibaut Courtois well before Dwight Gayle efficiently headed the opening goal when Courtois, under pressure from Jacob Murphy, could only flap a high ball towards the diminutive striker.

Alan Shearer has taken to Twitter to suggest that Newcastle have enjoyed a fantastic first season back in the Premier League, while he also lauded the supporters for the way that they have stuck by the Magpies this term. "Newcastle were more determined than us", the Italian said.

Possession was Chelsea 58% Newcastle 48%.

The Magpies secured a place in the top half with a 3-0 victory over Chelsea at St. James' Park on Sunday.

'For sure, probably, I will go to Milan for the game for Pirlo on the 21st [of May],' he added. 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.

Asked if he would speak to owner Mike Ashley personally, Benitez said: "I don't know". The atmosphere was not quite as emotionally charged as it was two years ago, when Newcastle ran out 5-1 winners against Tottenham on the final day after relegation to the Championship.

Chelsea will be playing Europa League football next season, and being brutally honest, we don't deserve anything more. I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.

Redknapp singled out midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for criticism, and with just under a week until the FA Cup final against Manchester United, the Sky Sports pundit was surprised the stand-in players didn't put in a better display.

"And we've seen slowly but surely that the manager has become overcome with the situation, he's not his normal self".

Matt Ritchie (8/10): A real sparkplug in the Newcastle attack, Matt Ritchie has really evolved into a key Premier League player, which was clearly depicted in his performance against Chelsea.