"To lose Michael was a big loss for us, Michael did a great job for this club for many years", Conte revealed. "Last season he helped me a lot during the season".
Chelsea have finished in fifth place, meaning that they will play in the Europa League next season, although Conte has the chance to salvage the campaign with a win in the FA Cup final at Wembley next Saturday. No, I don't think it will be.
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.
"When you are at the end of the season, this performance can happen, but the first person to answer for this must be the coach".
Redknapp singled out midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for criticism, and with just under a week until the FA Cup final against Manchester United, the Sky Sports pundit was surprised the stand-in players didn't put in a better display.More news: The seventh 'dissent' vs Sereno's ouster: Spokesman Ted Te speaks own mind
"Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him".
Newcastle were excellent, especially when their hard work had been completed weeks ago and little was riding on the final game of the season for them. How damaging is it not to be in the Champions League?
"To finish fifth is a big disappointment". It's not important. The most important thing is what the club thinks, not you or the speculation about me.
Despite all but missing out on Champions League football next season, Roman Abramovich is aware that an attacking impetus brought to the club by either Enrique or Sarri would boost their attempts to secure Hazard on a new £300,000-per-week contract. We have to sit down talk and see where we are.
We're right with you, Michy.
"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.