Antonio Conte fires fresh Mourinho dig as he hints at Chelsea exit

"To lose Michael was a big loss for us, Michael did a great job for this club for many years", Conte revealed. "Last season he helped me a lot during the season".

Chelsea are bracing themselves for a season without Champions League football and that could mean losing their star players. No, I don't think it will be.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has said the departure of the team's former Technical Director Mike Emenalo made the season hard for the Blues.

He said: "They were so poor, that's as abject as a performance as I've ever seen, especially when people are playing for places in an FA Cup final team next week".

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.

He has 12 months left on his current contract, and when questioned about his future, the former Italy coach added: "I have a contract, I'm committed and the club know very well the situation".

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 finish fifth and you start with an advantage compared to when you finish 10th.

Mohamed Salah set the new Premier League scoring record, while Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson, and Dominic Solanke also scored to lead Liverpool back into the UEFA Champions League regardless of the final against Real Madrid.

Asked whether the Newcastle game had been his last in charge in the Premier League, he said: "Do you think so?" I'm very happy for last season.

Victory at St James' Park allied to a final-day defeat for Liverpool would have seen Chelsea snatch fourth, and while they failed in their task, it was rendered academic as Jurgen Klopp's Champions League finalists ran out comfortable winners against Brighton.

"We did it against Tottenham and it wasn't enough; we did it today and it was a ideal day for the fans, for the players, for everyone".

"When you are at the end of the season, this can happen. For sure, we can do better".

Vanessa Coleman