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Rodgers lauds FA Cup ‘respect’ after assessing the scale of Leicester achievement

Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with Jamie Vardy of Leicester City after the Semi Final of the Emirates FA Cup match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at Wembley Stadium on April 18, 2021 in London, England. 4000 local residents have been permitted to attend the match as part of the government's Events Research Programme, which will study how to safely hold major events once coronavirus lockdown measures are eased. Other sporting events around the United Kingdom continue to be played behind closed doors. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers showed the desire of his side’s supporters to lift the FA Cup. The Foxes booked their place in the FA Cup final after beating Southampton. Kelechi Iheanacho rolled the ball beyond Fraser Forster at the second time of asking after superb work down the left from Jamie Vardy.

The final with be Leicester’s fifth in the competition, emerging as runners upon each of the previous four occasions. Now they will face Chelsea in the final.

Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Rodgers said: “Amazing, the club has waited a long time to get to a final and it’s a trophy desired by the supporters. We deserved it today, we defended strong, Southampton can score great goals and have players that can hurt you but we conceded no efforts on goal and we looked bright in our attack and should’ve had more than one goal. Pleased for everyone, the players and the club and fans it’s a massive achievement.

“It’s always a tight game, a semi-final. There weren’t many chances yesterday either, the players and the concentration was very good. We could’ve been better with the ball at times, we were a bit loose at times but Southampton press you well. As the game went on our patterns were better and we got into some good areas.”

 

 

 

 

On Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho, Rodgers added: “The two of them are a real threat, Jamie [Vardy] is disappointed he didn’t score in first half but he’s a threat, his clever play for the goal, his movement in behind. He may not have scored but he gives us so much thrust at the top.

“He’s [Iheanacho] a great guy works so hard he always feels he can score, his build up play could be improved at times but the front two really pressed and that set the team up to defend well.

 

 

 

 

On reaching the FA Cup final, Rodgers concluded: “It’s something that I was well aware of round here I know it’s a competition that means a lot to the supporters and we’ve tried to show it that respect. We’re in the final now we’ve got to get back and recover and have a good game on Thursday and the challenge now is to get points on the board in the league.”


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