Leicester City end Chelsea hope of winning FA Cup, CL in one month, Thomas Tuchel, Rodgers react

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Leicester City beat Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to end the London club’s dream of winning two titles – the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League in a month.

Recall that Chelsea will face Manchester City in the final of the UEFA Champions League on May 29. If they had defeated Leicester City on Saturday, they would have ended the month as potential winners of two major titles.

Unfortunately for the Blues, they met a very spirited Leicester City side that were determined to end the 2020-2021 season with a major title.

After playing a 0-0 draw in the first half of the FA Cup match, Leicester came back in the second half to show that they wanted the FA Cup more. Their determination paid off in the 63rd minute of the game when Youri Tielemans scored a long-range shot to give Leicester City a lead in the game.

Afterward, Chelsea continued to try to break Leicester City’s defense but their effort was not enough. However, they almost staged a comeback when Ben Chilwell scored in the closing minutes of the game but the Video Assistant Referee disallowed the goal.

Hence, at the end of the game’s regular and additional time, Leicester City emerged as the winners of the 2020-2021 FA Cup.

At the end of the game, Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers said it was a proud moment that his team was able to beat Chelsea who are a Champions League finalist.

He went on to describe the victory as a historic one as it was the first time in 52 years that Leicester City made it to the final of the FA Cup.

Rodgers said: “I’m very proud. It’s a historical day for the football club, winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history, and clearly a special day.

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers
Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers.

“I’m so happy for the players, they were so courageous in the game. For the supporters, who have lost four finals. And for [Leicester owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha] ‘Top’ and his family, it’s a dream of theirs to win the FA Cup and we’ve been able to deliver that.

“I thought it was a really good game, a classic FA Cup final game. We were playing against the Champions League finalists so we knew it would be tough, we’d have to suffer. But I thought we were well worthy of the win. We pressed the game really well, took them to the side of the field we wanted to, and when we had the ball we showed courage with it.

“I always felt we were a real threat in the game and when we got to 1-0โ€ฆ an amazing goal by Youri. And I’ve got to mention Kasper Schmeichel, that was also a really special save by a top-class goalkeeper. The players defended magnificently to keep a clean sheet.”

While the manager of Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel said: “Of course we’re disappointed, but not angry with our performance and on our boys. I thought our performance was enough to win it, but today we were simply unlucky.

Leicester City end Chelsea hope of winning FA Cup, CL in one month, Thomas Tuchel, Rodgers react
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel.

“We’ve never hidden the fact that you need luck in this game to be able to win at this level. You need a certain momentum, little details, and decision-making from the referee. Sometimes, with a shot [from Tielemans] like todayโ€ฆ we defended really well and were very aggressive in counter-pressing.

“We defended up high the pitch and we didn’t allow any half-chances for one of the most dangerous counter-attacking teams in Europe. I was absolutely happy with the work rate and intensity.

“But we were a bit too hectic with our decision-making in the first half, going too straight up front, trying to force the solution too fast. We had some unnecessary ball losses and some unprecise decision-making.

“We had two against three situations that were more promising than we made of it. We had a big chance with [Cesar] Azpilicuetaโ€ฆ maybe the biggest in the whole game, and in the second half we controlled the match even more.

“We were completely in the opponent’s half but then we conceded a goal out of nothing. It’s a fantastic goal but it’s a lucky goal.

“We had a big chance with Mason [Mount] which brought a fantastic save from [Kasper] Schmeichel and then we had an offside goal so we were unlucky today. When you arrive in the final, you have no guarantee of the trophy. I thought we deserved to win but we have to accept that we were unlucky today.”

On Tuesday, May 18, Leicester and Chelsea will meet again, this time around, they will face themselves in a must-win Premier League game which could determine the team that will finish the season in the top four.

Leicester City are currently sitting on the third spot on the league table with 66 points in 36 games. While Chelsea are currently sitting on the 4th spot on the league table with 64 points in 36 games. Hence, the league game which will kick-off at 20:15 is another final for both teams.