Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has taken the blame for Chelsea’s failure to finish in the top four this season.
Chelsea were second best throughout the game at St James’ Park as Newcastle beat Chelsea 3-0. The Blues failed to register a shot on goal in the first-half.
“We deserved to lose because our start wasn’t good and we suffered by losing every ball. Newcastle were more determined than us,” Conte said.
“We didn’t lose our Champions League place today, we had chances in the last two games, but to finish the season this way is not good for anyone connected to the club.
“When you are at the end of the season, this performance can happen, but the first person to answer for this must be the coach. I wasn’t able to convey that determination to my players.”