Manager Antonio Conte's future in doubt as Chelsea face top-four woe

Rafael Benitez is confident Newcastle’s first season back in the Premier League has proved they have the potential to be top 10-regulars

Rafael Benitez is confident Newcastle’s first season back in the Premier League has proved they have the potential to be top 10-regulars

"Since the start of the first game, I think. the time I start listening to the speculation about me, this is the moment I start to be anxious".

The attacking winger has been one of Chelsea's standout players this season and there have been talks of his exit from Stamford Bridge this summer.

Part of Chelsea's lacklustre performance may have been down to the six changes made by the Italian boss from the fantastic 1-0 win against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, particularly the decision to rest Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud before bringing them on once 1-0 down. Mourinho led the Blues to the 2014-15 Premier League title, but was sacked the following December as the team was struggling mightily.

"Don't forget two years ago, Chelsea ended the season 10th and not in the FA Cup final, not in the semifinals of the Carabao Cup and they were eliminated in the last 16 against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League".

Conte said: "To lose Michael, it was a big loss for us".

The Chelsea board have yet to make a final decision on the former Barcelona manager or the current Napoli boss, but Enrique - who is now without a job - wants big wages and a sizeable transfer budget.

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"I don't know anything about our end of season. I think we're talking about a manager with great experience who can help the club to develop and improve".

Conte has been at loggerheads with the Chelsea board all season over recruitment.

"I think you remember".

"I have to work very hard with my players, and it's for other people to see the situation, judge the situation, take the right evaluation after two years of work, and then understand which is now Chelsea's position is in the panoramic of football".

The likes of Andreas Christensen (22), Tiemoue Bakayoko (23) and Alvaro Morata (25) featured with varying degrees of irregularity throughout the season and should provide a bit of hope looking forward, but they've hardly been handed the keys to the auto the way Conte would have you believe.

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