Conte urges lacklustre Chelsea to improve for FA Cup final

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What if they gave an opportunity to a promising coach within the English game, like Sean Dyche?

Chelsea could soon be looking for a new manager with Antonio Conte expected to leave after Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Newcastle sealed an impressive 10th place finish on their return to the top-flight thanks to two second-half goals from Ayoze Perez after Dwight Gayle opened the scoring before the interval. 'From the start Newcastle outplayed us I many aspects. If we think we (can) play a game like this in the final of the FA Cup, we don't have a chance.

Asked if this was his final Premier League match as Chelsea boss, Conte replied: "Do you think so?"

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"Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him", Ashley said on Newcastle's website.

"So I think it's the way forward". We are very lucky the game was somewhat irrelevant in the end as Liverpool won (to confirm fourth). Not speculation around me.

'We have six days to change our approach and desire and will to fight.

The Italian has demanded a vast improvement after a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle on Sunday ended a disappointing Premier League season which has seen last year's title winners fail to qualify for the Champions League. Conte, however, did not want to speculate on the extent of the long-term damage finishing fifth will cause.

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"N'Golo Kante was back to his masterful self against the Champions League finalists".

'If we had come off that pitch with that performance having thrown a Champions League spot away, it would have been extremely hard to take'.

Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent.

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