Chelsea have finished in fifth place in this season’s English Premier League after a sorry afternoon on Tyneside which saw them lose 3-0 against Newcastle United.
The Blues managed just two shots on target all afternoon as Magpies boss Rafa Benitez came back to haunt his former side.
Newcastle United started the match brightly and Jonjo Shelvey fired a powerful effort at Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois from range before Mo Diame saw two shots fly just wide of target.
Jacob Murphy then forced Courtois into some routine work before The Magpies took the lead when Dwight Gayle headed in from close range.
The United striker came close to doubling both his and his side’s goal tally soon after his opening strike but failed to beat Courtois with an effort from long range as the first half ended in a one-goal lead for the hosts.
Chelsea finally troubled home keeper Martin Dubravka early in the second period. Frenchman Olivier Giroud got an effort away on goal but the Slovakian stopper was equal to it and picked the ball out of the top corner.
The Blues were dealt a huge blow on the hour when Ayoze Perez produced a clinical finish from close range to make it 2-0 to Benitez’s men.
Ross Barkley then fired at Dubravka before The Magpies grabbed a third goal courtesy of another Perez strike from just yards out.
The 3-0 scoreline was exactly what Chelsea deserved, The Blues were truly awful and offered nothing in the final 25 minutes of the match. With manager Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge in serious doubt, the demolition at St James’ Park could be the last time that the Italian is seen in the English Premier League.