EPL: Conte reveals how Emenalo's departure affected Chelsea's season


"OK, we are 25 points in front so it's hard to say he was hard (to play against) in the end".

Chelsea have finished in fifth place, meaning that they will play in the Europa League next season, although Conte has the chance to salvage the campaign with a win in the FA Cup final at Wembley next Saturday.

'Now, I think we must be focused to finish the season.

Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud both return to the starting lineup and will lead the Chelsea attack as they face Newcastle United on Sunday.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte brushed off suggestions that he had coached his last Premier League game for the club as he took responsibility for their 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday.

If this was to be farewell for the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid head coach, his players gave him a rousing send-off, as Perez struck twice after the break to add to Gayle's first-half opener to confirm an impressive 10th-place finish in their first season back in the top flight. Now we have to play the last game in the FA Cup and then, as you know very well because I am repeating always the same thing, I am committed to this club.

"Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him".

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Perez got in on the act with a scuffed attempt which nearly found the far bottom corner but from Chelsea's perspective, Antonio Conte's men reached the break having failed to register a single shot.

"Now, probably, you can finish fifth and start with a bit of an advantage compared to when you finish 10".

"Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Huddersfield, which secured the Terriers' Premier League status, left the Blues needing a final-day miracle to climb above Liverpool into the top four".

You have to think that he could have done a better job than Alvaro Morata has in the second-half of this season.

"We did it against Tottenham and it wasn't enough; we did it today and it was a flawless day for the fans, for the players, for everyone". We have to sit down talk and see where we are.

"We're still talking and we will see what happens".