And after the victory, Shearer took to social media to laud Benitez, the team and the supporters for the role that they have each played in re-establishing Newcastle back at England's top table. Kenedy will be the only player to miss out as he is ineligible to play against his parent club, Chelsea.
Their penultimate four games of the season aside, the Magpies have been soaring in the second half of the campaign. Newcastle continued in the ascendency, riding every Chelsea challenge; Shelvey saw another well-struck effort whistle past the post before Perez went close just before halftime.
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Conte will shoulder, rightly, much blame for the way the balloon burst for the Blues in the Premier League in 2017/18, and all the signs are that the FA Cup showdown will be his last knockout assignment for the club, that the Europa League campaign will be somebody else's mission.
Harry Kane became the second Premier League player to score 30 goals this season, as Spurs trailed 1-0 and 3-1.
"We wanted to end the season in the best possible way, but we can do better than this", he said.
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.
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'For sure, probably, I will go to Milan for the game for Pirlo on the 21st [of May],' he added.