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'Play like this and we'll lose the final,' Conte warns Chelsea stars

16 May 2018

With Moses playing a pivotal role in Chelsea's last three matches, the club's fans are of mixed opinion ontheir chances of beating Newcastle at St James' Park.

"At the end of the season I like to play to win...this is my first season when I didn't win the title".

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.

It left last year's champions with only Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United to redeem a season in which they have finished a poor fifth.

If nothing else, this game was meant to be a valuable exercise in building confidence and momentum for the FA Cup final next Sunday, when Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will stand in the way of the only thing that can tiresome Chelsea's disappointment.

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Chelsea FC are a staggering 27 points adrift of Premier League champions Manchester City to highlight their regression this term.

Eden Hazard has scored more goals against Newcastle than any other Premier League side, netting six times.

Newcastle have lost four games in a row and I don't see the Magpies returning to winning ways on Sunday, either.

The Blues cruised to the Premier League title under Conte last season, just a year after finishing 10th after Mourinho was sacked.

Liverpool, who are just three points above Chelsea in the table, need the Blues to drop points against Newcastle United on Sunday or need to take a result, which is enough, thanks to their positive goal difference.

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A manager not being able to add his preferred players to an already small squad would of course be very frustrating. Prior to the Huddersfield game [a 1-1 draw in midweek] we were in good form but that's not an excuse.

Possession was Chelsea 58% Newcastle 48%.

Antonio Conte has cut an increasingly frustrated figure this season and Redknapp doubts he will stay at Chelsea beyond the summer. "There are other people to judge our season and [say] which are the problems to finish out of the Champions League". Such a selection decision will reveal Conte's overwhelming desire to "stop United" as opposed to a wish to take the game to them.

One of the fans Ebuka Michael told our correspondent on Friday that Moses can replicate his performance against Liverpool to help Chelsea secure a win.

Chelsea failed to register a single shot at goal in the first half and Dwight Gayle gave Newcastle a deserved lead in the 23rd minute, putting Rafael Benitez on the path to a first Premier League win against one of his former clubs, as well as a 10th-place finish.

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'Play like this and we'll lose the final,' Conte warns Chelsea stars