Conte warns Chelsea flops to shape up ahead of Cup final

Conte warns Chelsea flops to shape up ahead of Cup final

"It looked to me like everyone had one eye on the cup final which is very risky and we were lucky the game was kind of irrelevant".

Under the Italian, Chelsea stormed to the Premier League title in his first campaign, but have finished this season a whopping 23 points worse off than the previous campaign.

If this was Antonio Conte's farewell to the Premier League it made for an awkward sort of parting; a few mumbled words to Rafa Benítez, a beeline for the tunnel.

Goals from Dwight Gayle and a double from Ayoze Perez sealed a 3-0 win for Benitez's side.

"We're safe - we're more than safe, we're 10th, so the season has been really positive and I am looking forward to starting the new season".

Speculation is rife that Conte will leave Stamford Bridge this summer, but asked if the final will be his last game in charge, he replied: "Do you think so?"

"For the next game, for sure we must change". No, I don't think. Prior to the Huddersfield game [a 1-1 draw in midweek] we were in good form but that's not an excuse.




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

"I am repeating always the same thing; I am committed to this club", he said.

"I absolutely doubt if Conte is going to be there next season", he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

"You get rid of [Nemanja] Matic, you get rid of [Diego] Costa and I'm telling you, those two players that have left Chelsea..."

"N'Golo Kante was back to his masterful self against the Champions League finalists".

Kante helped Chelsea FC to keep Liverpool FC's attacking trio Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah muted in west London.

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