Newcastle thrash Chelsea 3 - 0 in epic Premier League clash

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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".

Sunday's 3-0 home win over Chelsea saw the Magpies end their first campaign back in the top flight with a more than creditable 10th-place finish, but with Benitez's presence beyond the remaining 12 months of his existing contract still uncertain.

Further forward, Conte should go with his most-favourable pick of Willian and Eden Hazard on the right and left side of the attack whilst we are backing Olivier Giroud to reclaim his starting role after another failure for Alvaro Morata.

This could also have been a final game in charge for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, with the Spaniard's future in doubt pending key talks with the club's owner Mike Ashley in the next week. They also were level at 4 following Jamie Vardy's second of the night when Kane completed his brace.

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring his side's first goal against Chelsea.

Ashley has admitted he can not afford to give his manager the kind of funds he would need to take the club to the next level and put the business up for sale in October a year ago as a result.

"For that, I'm the first to answer for this bad game".

The former Italy boss has endured a tougher campaign this time around, as Chelsea sit outside the Champions League spots, but hope remains to land the FA Cup.

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.

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. "After Saturday, we go on vacation and then we will see next season". None of the intensity and organisation that had helped them win the Premier League title last season was on show; they looked passive, disinterested and as if they would rather be anywhere else than the North East.

"When you are at the end of the season, this can happen".

And after the victory, Shearer took to social media to laud Benitez, the team and the supporters for the role that they have each played in re-establishing Newcastle back at England's top table.

However, a takeover bid by Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners broke down in January and although Newcastle are still for sale, it is understood the price-tag has increased with another season of the Premier League's riches secured.