What a start to football club management for Antonio Conte.
He took over a dominant Juventus side in 2011 and in his first ever season as a manager, won the Serie A title.
The following season (2012/13) he did the same.
Then did it again (2013/14).
After a two year stint with the Italian national side, Antonio Conte went back into football management with Chelsea.
After a 10th place finish for the blues before he got there, he instantly took them up to the top and made it four league titles in four years of club management.
Conte admits it has been a shock, especially what happened today, as instead of lifting a trophy, he watched his team come a distant second best to Newcastle.
The Chelsea boss holding his hands up: ‘From the start, Newcastle outplayed us in every way…they deserved to win.’
I can’t disagree!
“For sure we didn’t play a good game.
“From the start, Newcastle outplayed us in every way.
“Newcastle showed a great desire and will to take all three points and finish the season in the best possible way.
“For sure we can do better than this…
“I think there was a great frustration because in our mind, there was the will to finish this season in the best possible way.
“Instead, from the start we didn’t show the right will to finish the season in the best possible way.
“Newcastle outplayed us and they deserved to win.
“However, I am the first person to answer for this and we must change for te FA Cup final. if we think we can play like this then we don’t have a chance.
“We have (just) six days to change our approach, our desire, our will to fight.
“At the end of the season I like to play to win…this is my first season when I didn’t win the title.
“Three with Juventus and one with Chelsea – when I start a season I have always won.
“A great disappointment for me because I like to play to win and so to finish fifth is a big disappointment for me.
“Our fans deserved more today.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0
Newcastle: Gayle 23, Perez 59, 63
Possession was Chelsea 58% Newcastle 42%
Total shots were Chelsea 6 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 6
Corners were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 4
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 72), Shelvey, Diame (Haidara 87), Murphy, Perez, Gayle (Joselu 48)
Darlow, Manquillo, Gamez, Merino
Crowd: 52,294 (3,000 Chelsea)
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