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"To lose Michael was a big loss for us", said Conte, speaking ahead of Sunday's final game of the Premier League season at Newcastle.

"If we want to achieve something, then we have to understand what we need to achieve that".

Speculation is rife that Conte will leave Stamford Bridge this summer, but asked if the final will be his last game in charge, he replied: "Do you think so?"

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has said the departure of the team's former Technical Director Mike Emenalo made the season hard for the Blues.

"That's not an excuse, any other time I wouldn't be saying that, but we have a massive week now to prepare for a cup final which is very important for us". And for this I'm the first person to answer for this.

"I am very happy for last season and this season and don't forget, if you're clever, you learn and you continue to learn and improve yourself and try to be better in the future". [Photo: Courtesy] .missing the Champions League will place doubt over the futures of their best players.

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"I have a contract and I am committed for this club", he said after a long laugh. Whatever direction they choose this summer, Chelsea are unlikely to replace Conte with a better pure coach and as they reconcile themselves to the reality of another season outside the Champions League, and there are broader cultural issues to consider.

"Last season he helped me a lot during the season". "I think we did this".

After the win against his former club, Benitez insisted that he wanted to carry on with the Magpies to build on their decent season. Three with Juventus and one with Chelsea. When I start a season I have always won. I like to play to win. Also because, Michael did a great job for this club for many years.

Rafa Benitez's ability to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League came in no small part to his transfer business.

"Now, we have to make sure that we do the right things and are on the same page". The potential is there.

David Wagner keeping Huddersfield in the Premier League, Sean Dyche leading Burnley to Europe and Roy Hodgson turning around Crystal Palace's fortunes are just three examples of superb overachieving. "We have to sit down, talk and see where we are".