Conte urges lacklustre Chelsea to improve for FA Cup final

Newcastle United v Chelsea will be live on Sky Sports Premier League

Newcastle United v Chelsea will be live on Sky Sports Premier League

"It looked to me like everyone had one eye on the cup final which is very unsafe and we were lucky the game was kind of irrelevant".

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has urged his teammates to put an underwhelming Premier League campaign behind them and focus on winning the FA Cup.

In what is widely expected to be Conte's last game in charge as Chelsea come up against former manager Jose Mourinho, the 48-year-old acknowledged his side need to up their levels in all departments to have any hope of clinching the trophy for the first time since 2012.

Antonio Conte admitted Chelsea must improve dramatically on their display at Newcastle to have any chance at all of winning the FA Cup.

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"Newcastle started very well and we were sloppy".

'For sure we must change, if we think we play a game like this in the FA Cup we don't have a chance, ' said Conte.

Asked if this was his final Premier League match as Chelsea boss, Conte replied: "Do you think so?" It's just nice to say we have proved a lot of people wrong.

"So I think it's the way forward". Prior to the Huddersfield game [a 1-1 draw in midweek] we were in good form but that's not an excuse.

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"We have six days to change our approach, our desire, our will to fight because we can do much better".

Chelsea now face a second season outside the Champions League in the last three years, which represents a significant blow to the club in both financial and footballing terms.

"Last season he helped me a lot during the season. The most important thing is the club, not speculation about me". Had the Champions League truly been on the line it would have been very hard to take.

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