Benitez calls for united front at Newcastle

The Daily Telegraph claims that Hazard's current situation has further helped Chelsea make up their mind about their Italian manager. But that chance was sandwiched between two second-half Perez goals, fine poaching efforts both, as he first brushed a drive from Jonjo Shelvey past Thibaut Courtois, and then finished off a Shelvey set-piece, met by Florian Lejeune, which Chelsea's defenders neither anticipated nor reacted to with any nous. Prior to the Huddersfield game [a 1-1 draw in midweek] we were in good form but that's not an excuse. For this season, for sure, now we have to play the last game in the FA Cup and as you know very well I am repeating always the same thing.

The top-four was a remote possibility before kick-off but that was barely a secondary concern here, with a shot at redemption and a piece of silverware within reach next weekend. Eden Hazard scored a brace and Alvaro Morato scored.

Premier League clubs will be handed a boost from next season regarding direct entry to the group stages of the Champions League.

Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill has blamed his sides woeful performance against Newcastle on many of his team-mates having "one eye" on next weeks FA Cup final against Manchester United.

One of the only managers who can match Antonio Conte when it comes to antics at the touchline, Diego Simeone is considered to be one of the top managers in the world.

The Blues could be looking for a new head coach at the end of the season given the Italian's hard second season at Chelsea FC.

Chelsea defeated Newcastle 3-1 in their first meeting this season. Safety assured on their top-flight return, the Magpies must now look to spread their wings in 2018/19.

While the title has already been secured, Manchester City still has something to play for on the final day.

David Wagner keeping Huddersfield in the Premier League, Sean Dyche leading Burnley to Europe and Roy Hodgson turning around Crystal Palace's fortunes are just three examples of superb overachieving. "But you can not sing the name of the manager if the team is doing badly".

There is a possibility that Conte's team could still end the season on a high despite his side recording streak of frustrating results.

He continued: 'This year, they sold [Diego] Costa and replaced him with [Alvaro Morata], that didn't work.

As well as losing the huge influence of John Terry, not only on the pitch but in the dressing room also, Chelsea seemed to have taken a step backwards in preparing for the next campaign by letting key players leave the club.

  • Julie Sanders