Conte defends Chelsea record ahead of final league game


The Merseyside outfit are two points ahead of Chelsea FC in the Premier League table in the race to finish in the Champions League spots.

Danny Murphy believes Liverpool FC will be able to reflect on an incredible season if the Reds finish in the top four and win the Champions League.


Newcastle are unbeaten in their last four home Premier League games against Chelsea, scoring at least twice in each match (W3, D1).

"It's important for us to be focused on the Newcastle game, and then we have five days to think about and prepare for the FA Cup final", the Italian said in his pre-match press conference.

I'm very happy. I'm very happy for last season, I'm very happy for this season'. It was difficult, we worked very hard, and we won, after a 10th place. "Now, probably, you can finish fifth and start with a bit of an advantage compared to when you finish 10th".

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Internal boardroom wrangles and the failure in recruiting the right players for the manager has fuelled speculations of Conte's departure.

Conte appears to have all but accepted that is the most likely scenario, but the Blues boss insists the club is still in a better position than when he arrived following a campaign that saw the departure of Jose Mourinho and a lowly position of tenth in 2015-16.

"I did the rotation also against Burnley", Conte said.

"It can happen. In the past, it happened".

The Reds have won the Champions League title in 2005 thanks to a penalty shootout victory over AC Milan.

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It left last year's champions with only Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United to redeem a season in which they have finished a poor fifth.

The teams have met twice already this season, with Chelsea winning 3-1 in the league and 3-0 in the FA Cup (both at Stamford Bridge).

'I think this league is great, is the toughest league in the world, ' the 48-year-old said.

'For this I am the first person to answer for this as I am the coach of this team and I am the first person to answer for this game'.

Chelsea will welcome goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois back to the squad after injury and he should go straight into the team after Willy Caballero's mistake against Huddersfield on Wednesday.

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