Chelsea should refund fans who made trip to Newcastle for abysmal defeat, says Jamie Redknapp
The Blues arrived at St James’ Park needing to win in order to stand a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Liverpool didn’t let fourth place slip as they brushed aside Brighton at Anfield, but none of it mattered as Chelsea put in a tame performance on the back of their disappointing midweek draw against Huddersfield.
Newcastle were majestic as they carved the former champions apart, with Conte apologising for the manner of the defeat at full-time.
But even with an FA Cup final against Manchester United still to play, Sky Sports pundit Redknapp reckons the Blues need to make things right with fans who witnessed the dreadful performance live.
He said: “Newcastle were brilliant, I must admit. They deserved it, all over the park they were the better team, they closed, they pressed them.
“And Chelsea, I mean it was a shambles. I feel sorry for the fans that came up here.
“I’ve never said this before but they should actually pay for the fans to get home or refund them because they don’t deserve the performance their team put on. It was really, really bad today.
ALL TO BLAME Antonio Conte takes the blame for Chelsea's defeat to Newcastle
“Chelsea have been diabolical. Honestly, the way that they have played considering what is at stake.
“They’ve not made a challenge, they’ve not made a tackle and they have not made any imprint on this game whatsoever, but Newcastle have been brilliant.
“Chelsea have been abject and Newcastle have just wanted it more. When I look at Chelsea, they’ve got a Cup final next week and they’re playing for places.
“You think a couple of them could force their way in but it’s like it’s not registered with them.”
Reflecting on the defeat, Conte said: “We deserved to lose because our start wasn’t good and we suffered by losing every ball. Newcastle were more determined than us.
“To finish the season this way is not good for anyone connected to the club. The first person to answer for this must be the coach.”
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