'I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United'.
As well as losing the huge influence of John Terry, not only on the pitch but in the dressing room also, Chelsea seemed to have taken a step backwards in preparing for the next campaign by letting key players leave the club.
Chelsea need a win and a Liverpool loss to earn a Champions League spot, or else they must settle for 5th place and a Europa League berth next season. There, they learned that Liverpool were already leading 2-0 at home to Brighton & Hove Albion, ending any suspense about the identity of the top four.
Sinclair was concerned by how Chelsea's midfield fared against Newcastle and admits Manchester United will physically outgun the Blues in the centre of the park.
The west London side are in fifth place in the Premier League table and are two points adrift of Liverpool FC with one game to go in the season.
The Reds' destiny is in their hands and a draw will be enough to seal a top four place, given their superior goal difference over Chelsea.
Dubravka did brilliantly to stop Ross Barkley - involved for the first time since January - finishing off a Chelsea counter-attack and Newcastle quickly extended their advantage. Slack Chelsea defending led to Ayoze Perez scoring a second-half brace as Rafa Benitez stuck the knife into his former side.
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Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Apati said: "It's looking increasingly likely Conte won't be at the Bridge next year, but the latest odds suggest he may not even be around to go out with a bang this weekend at Wembley".
"I think there was a great frustration because in our mind, there was the will to finish this season in the best possible way".
"When you have the fans behind the team all season, this is the best way to finish", he told Sky Sports.
'We were way off the pace, ' added 32-year-old Cahill.
"We deserved to lose because our start wasn't good and we suffered by losing every ball".
The form of the two teams couldn't be any more different with Chelsea winning four of their last five games, drawing once.
Speaking to the press, the Spaniard said: "I said to my players today that (Sunday) will be important".
Chelsea, who spent around £50m in the January transfer window on three new players, are still determining whether or not to replace Emenalo directly or dilute the role's duties, many of which are now being overseen by the influential director Marina Granovskaia.