Newcastle won 3-0 at St James’s Park yesterday against Chelsea to end the season in 10th place and on a high note with our 12th win of the season and a good 44 points.
From the very first whistle, our players had more desire and fight than a listless Chelsea side.
The Blues now have to play Manchester United at Wembley in the FA Cup Final next Saturday.
It was a terrific game for Newcastle fans to watch, and we are in awe of Mr. Rafa Benitez who has completely transformed the team in a short two years.
And the 58-year-old wants to do a lot more at the club if only the owner will support him.
Chelsea manager Conte came under a lot of criticism after the game for the lackluster performance of his team.
The two managers on the touchline yesterday
But the Italian manager was honest enough in admitting that Newcastle had more desire and fight and deserved to win the game.
Here’s what the Chelsea manager said after the game:
“For sure, we didn’t play a good game, but from the start, Newcastle outplayed us in many aspects.”
“Newcastle showed great desire, a great will to fight, a great will to take three points and to finish this season in the best possible way.”
“I’m sure we can do better.”
“For sure we must change because if we think we can play a game like this in the final of the FA Cup, we don’t have a chance.”
“But we have six days to change our approach, our desire, our will to fight. For this, I’m the first person to answer, because I am the coach of this team.”
“After a game like this, I am the first person to answer for this bad game.”
“I repeat, Newcastle out-played us and they deserved to win. But I’m the first person to answer for this.”
“I like to play to win and this is my first season that I didn’t win the title,” “When I start a season, I have always won.”
That performance from Newcastle shows that with the team we have we can beat some top teams and we have now beaten Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea at home this year.
Rafa needs three or four (or more) class players brought in over the summer, but he seems to have the basis of a decent side after his tremendous efforts of this season.
And the players know exactly what Rafa wants from them.
Things are looking good at Newcastle with the owner the only negative at the club.
What’s wrong with that picture?