Rodgers switches Leicester focus back to Prem after FA Cup win

Date published: Monday 17th May 2021 1:14 - James Holland

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Brendan Rodgers says Leicester have more work to do in their season following the 1-0 FA Cup victory over Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.

The Foxes ended their long wait for the trophy thanks to a brilliant Youri Tielemans strike in the second half.

The final wasn’t without drama, however, as Kasper Schmeichel was forced to make two stunning saves to deny Chelsea.


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Former Leicester man Ben Chilwell thought he had equalised for the Blues late on, only for his goal to be ruled out by VAR for an offside.

Speaking about their first ever FA Cup win, Rodgers said: “It’s an amazing feeling when you can give something to people that they’ve never had before. Just the sense of achievement for everyone has been absolutely brilliant.

“We’ve enjoyed the moment but it’s a quick turnaround now and there’s work to be done.”

With two games left, Leicester are in third place on 66 points. They’re two points ahead of Chelsea and three ahead of Liverpool, following the Reds’ last-gasp winner against West Brom.

Rodgers continued: “We talked about it beforehand. We knew we didn’t have any favours in the fixtures. Obviously we could have played on the Wednesday but we’re playing on the Tuesday so ultimately you have to be ready and prepared.

“Obviously it’s another extremely tough game. We recovered yesterday, finish off our preparations today and then look forward to the game tomorrow evening.”

Rodgers will now prepare Leicester for their huge clash against Chelsea on Tuesday, in which the London side will be looking to get revenge.

“I think it will be tactically the same. Two teams, super organised, it’s going to be a tight game. That was the beauty of it,” he said.

“Maybe neutrals are looking for 5-4 for an FA Cup final but two teams pressing, organised, not so many chances in the game, and then eventually a moment of quality from Youri and a moment of quality from Kasper (Schmeichel) allows us to win the cup.

“If it’s the same tomorrow night, then I’ll be really pleased. They’re in the Champions League final for a reason because they’ve got an incredible squad of players. We know we’ll have to work really, really hard, be equally as aggressive and see if we can make our opportunities count.”

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