Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Chelsea miss out on Champions League

Chelsea miss out on Champions League

The Blues failed to book a place in next season's Champions League as they went down 3-0 at Newcastle United, though Liverpool's victory over Brighton and Hove Albion meant a top-four finish would not have been possible regardless of the result on Tyneside.

A humiliating 3-0 loss at Saint James' Park against former manager Rafael Benitez ensured that Chelsea would not make it to the elite competition next season.

Whilst Conte is not entirely responsible for our downfall, the Italian's attitude has been far from professional in recent times and his negative approach to games have also cost the team.

Frank Sinclair has admitted he is concerned about the physical aspect of Manchester United's midfield when it comes up against Chelsea's midfield unit in the FA Cup final. An offer from the Premier League, to a top side like Chelsea, may be enough for him to go out searching for new challenges.

He has been an on-field leader at Newcastle for some time, with Rafa Benitez having passed him the armband, and while others may be keen to buy into his many qualities, the Nottingham Forest academy graduate is turning a deaf ear to the exit talk. "I'm not in a position to say [whether an expert in that field should be hired]". After a 10th place finish.

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As for the others, Manchester United and Spurs along with City have already achieved Champions League spots for next season, with Arsenal and Burnley competing in the Europa League. Newcastle have enjoyed a fairly strong return to the Premier League under Rafa Benitez and will head into Sunday's match with safety confirmed and a chance to spoil any potential Chelsea party.

With that being said, Chelsea aren't a team shy of a few quid so they were always going to replace those players with the same quality - or at least that was the hope. Predict the score for this match and the rest of this round's Premier League fixtures in our Predictor game. "Six top teams at the start of the season are ready to fight for places in the Champions League".

Chelsea has been poor this season, mounting a meek defense of their Premier League crown.

"We deserved to lose because our start wasn't good and we suffered by losing every ball. I'm sure we can do better". I'm waiting for the doctor but when it's impossible to play today, I have my doubts (for the Cup final).

Chelsea face a second season in the last three years season outside the Champions League, a setback in both financial and footballing terms, but Conte said: "I think I am the last person to speak about this".

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