Newcastle thrash Chelsea 3 - 0 in epic Premier League clash

Newcastle United fans at St James' Park
Away the lads Chelsea will hope a win at Newcastle can secure them an improbable Champions League spot
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16 May, 2018

Newcastle United pummelled a hapless Chelsea team 3-0 in the final game of the season and gave their supporters the ideal end of season gift.

Ritchie's deep, right-wing free-kick was sent back across goal by Florian Lejeune, enabling Perez to tap home from inside the six-yard box.

Ayoze Perez (9.5/10): Arguably the best player of the game, Ayoze Perez's incredible performance helped Newcastle register a thumping win over the Premier League giants.

Martin Dubravka (8/10): Had absolutely nothing to do in the first half but showed once again as to why he has transformed into a cult figure during his short stint with Newcastle with some great saves, which kept denying Chelsea from getting on the scoresheet. However, he was later replaced by Joselu at the start of the second half, due to an injury.

"Newcastle outplayed us and they deserved to win".

When Conte first arrived and led his side all the way to the title, he would kick every ball, sometimes literally, and bark out constant instructions; there was none of that and it seeped through onto the pitch. Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Marcos Alonso were just three of the first team regulars made to watch on from the substitutes' bench, but personnel weren't the issue.

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Mike Ashley has asked Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle United.

"On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory". The atmosphere was not quite as emotionally charged as it was two years ago, when Newcastle ran out 5-1 winners against Tottenham on the final day after relegation to the Championship.

Chelsea's transfer strategy last summer was heavily criticised with Conte himself believed to be unhappy and many feel it could be even more troublesome to attract players without Champions League football this time around. I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.

And after the victory, Shearer took to social media to laud Benitez, the team and the supporters for the role that they have each played in re-establishing Newcastle back at England's top table.

Antonio Conte has told his Chelsea players that they "don't have a chance" of beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final if they do not improve after their 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday.

'Then we don't know, at the end of the season, if we have friendly games.


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