Newcastle thrash Chelsea 3 - 0 in epic Premier League clash

Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill seeking FA Cup salvation

Gayle went off injured early in the second period but a four-minute double from Ayoze Perez saw the Magpies home for a comfortable victory, with FA Cup glory unlikely to be enough to remove the bitter taste for Chelsea and keep Conte at Stamford Bridge next season.

Chelsea's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League was confirmed as they completed a disappointing Premier League campaign by collapsing to a dismal 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday. The Italian made a further eight alterations to his side at Newcastle, though they included reinstating both Hazard and Giroud; not that it did his side much good. Chelsea will need their talisman at his very best on Sunday if they have any chance at pipping Liverpool to 4th place.

Mike Ashley has once again promised Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez "every penny generated by the club" as he attempts to persuade him to remain at St James' Park.

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

Here, we look at some talking points from the game.

Chelsea is off to the Europa League, and in poor form ahead of next week's FA Cup Final against Manchester United.

"I have worked with my players this season and I think it's not right to say something about this because there are other people to judge our season and judge the problem of finishing out of the Champions League".

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Stu Forster GettyImages

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

The form of the two teams couldn't be any more different with Chelsea winning four of their last five games, drawing once.

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.

"That reception I received from our supporters at the end our supporters makes me really proud", admitted Benitez, who was serenaded by 50,000 fans at the final whistle demanding he remains in charge.

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.

"I have a contract and the club know very well the situation".

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