Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed the problem that his side faced during their 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.
The Italian boss has admitted that the Blues were tactically behind the Magpies on the final day of the Premier League season.
The former Juventus boss, who will probably exit the Stamford bridge this summer, conceded that Rafael Benitez’s side were more determined than the West-London side.
“We deserved to lose because our start wasn’t good and we suffered by losing every ball. Newcastle were more determined than us. We didn’t lose our Champions League place today, we had chances in the last two games. But to finish the season this way is not good for anyone connected to the club,” Conte told reporters.
“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. I wasn’t able to convey that determination to my players.”
Conte, whose side will play in the UEFA Europa League next season, won the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge.