Conte: Missing Champions League may not hurt Chelsea

Even if Chelsea win their final Premier League fixture against Newcastle this weekend they are reliant on Liverpool losing at Anfield to Brighton if they are to finish in the top four and qualify for next seasons Champions League.

But a challenging season could finish with a trophy as Conte has taken the Blues to a second straight FA Cup final, with Manchester United the opposition next Saturday.

"You have to prepare in right way".

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However, after the Italian's freakish decision to rest Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud for the disappointing 1-1 draw against Huddersfield midweek that all but killed his sides chances of reaching the top four, Matt Law of the Telegraph reports that the Blues players now believe they will have a new manager this summer. I don't know how we will finish - it's very close, there are too many teams within a few points.

Conte formed the ideal partnership with the Nigerian, 52, who was behind winning the Champions League, three titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup and Europa League. There are six top teams at the start of the season ready to fight for a place in the Champions League.

Countrymen Massimiliano Allegri and Maurizio Sarri have emerged as possible replacements following Chelsea's struggles this season with the Blues in danger of missing out on the final UEFA Champions League qualification spot - Liverpool two points clear heading into Monday's (AEST) season finale.

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If this club wants to buy this player and you are not allowing him to go, how will he be on a mental level? "The Euros is big but the World Cup is the next step".

Conte appears to have all but accepted that is the most likely scenario, but the Blues boss insists the club is still in a better position than when he arrived following a campaign that saw the departure of Jose Mourinho and a lowly position of tenth in 2015-16.

The 58-year-old said: "I am not really surprised because we knew some of them were coming from the Championship, but if you want to name one, Jamaal progressing could be a good reference". "I think we're talking about a manager with great experience who can help the club to develop and improve". Last season, after a 10th place, we won the Premier League. "For sure, it was a big loss in October".

"He's never said that he might leave and he's always extremely focused on winning, on doing well in the season". Sometimes with positive situations, you can learn more and sometimes with negative situations you can learn more.

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Conte expects to have goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois back available after his untimely absence from Wednesday's frustrating 1-1 draw against Huddersfield with a back injury.

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