Conte Reveals Why Chelsea Had Unimpressive Campaign

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Even more important than who replaces Conte may be who succeeds Michael Emenalo as technical director, or whatever new form Chelsea decide the role should take.

Although Conte's criticisms of Chelsea's recruitment policy were perceived as signs of frustrations with the Nigerian, the Chelsea manager has now heaped praise on him.

Newcastle need more cover in all three areas, so moving for Blind this summer is therefore a no-brainer and would kill three birds with one stone as they attempt to put together a squad that can challenge for a European place next season.

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.

"He's never said that he might leave and he's always extremely focused on winning, on doing well in the season". I remember very well he left just after the Manchester United game... "For sure it was a big loss".

He is now with Monaco as Sporting Director.

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"Newcastle started very well and we were sloppy. This is the decision for others".

"I have a contract and I am committed for this club", he said after a long laugh.

Antonio Conte insists the FA Cup final will not be his final game in charge of Chelsea, but warned his players they "don't have a chance" if there is a repeat of their performance against Newcastle.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has given his verdict on the FA Cup finals against Manchester United after suffering a heavy defeat from Newcastle in the final match of the Premier League.

It has been something of a disappointing campaign for the Blues under Conte this term, with Chelsea FC having struggled to produce consistent performances in the Premier League this season after having won the title previous year. After Saturday, we go on vacation and then we will see next season'.

Conte antagonized the Portuguese coach after reclaiming the Premier League crown at the first attempt by stating in July that he wanted to avoid "the Mourinho season" in this campaign.

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