Rodgers relishing Foxes' final flourish

19 April 2021 19:13:12 GMTPlus10

Brendan Rodgers believes that ending Leicester's long wait for an FA Cup final appearance is "a massive achievement" for the club.

The Foxes hadn't reached the final since 1969 but a goal from in-form Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho gave them a 1-0 semi-final win over Southampton on Sunday.

Leicester will now meet Chelsea, where Rodgers worked as youth-team and reserve manager from 2004 to 2008, in next month's final and the Foxes' boss expects his players to relish the challenge.

Thomas Tuchel's Blues ended Manchester City's hopes of winning the quadruple with a 1-0 semi-final victory on Saturday, while they are also one of Leicester's rivals in the battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The Foxes' focus switches back to the league on Thursday when they host relegation-threatened West Brom. Leicester are third in the table but just seven points separate them from Everton in eighth, with West Ham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham also in the hunt for the Champions League places.

After the semi-final win over Southampton, Rodgers said: "It's amazing. The club has been waiting a long time to get to the final. I thought we deserved it. We defended strongly and didn't concede any efforts on goal.

"It's a massive achievement, but we have to be hungry and keep pushing. We're embracing the challenge, and the players were first class. We're certainly not frightened by the challenge."

Leicester are 14/5 to beat 19/20 Chelsea in 90 minutes in the FA Cup final on May 15. The draw at Wembley is a 5/2 chance.

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