Brendan Rodgers urged Leicester players to seize their opportunities and secure their Champions League qualifiers when they face Chelsea in the second leg of their FA Cup final victory on Tuesday.
A victory at Stamford Bridge will be enough to guarantee a top-quarter finish, beating Thomas Tuchel's team at Wembley on Saturday.Rodgers admitted that Liverpool won West Brom on Sunday by a last-minute goal. The goalkeeper just raised the stakes from Alisson. But despite the fast turnaround that followed their FA Cup heroism, Leicester's manager insisted his team was ready to go deep.
“Everything is still in our hands,” Rodgers said. “The players have been absolutely perfect up to this point. We have European football, now we have two games where we need to be in the top four. ”
“I've never owned people theirs before. The sense of accomplishment for everyone was absolutely wonderful. We enjoyed the moment, but now there is a quick turnaround and work to do. ”
Leicester is in third place, two points ahead of Chelsea, two games left, but Liverpool's dramatic late victory means last year's champions are just one point ahead.
“It's a great header for Alisson to score,” Rodgers said. “But we are focused on ourselves and we have a great opportunity to qualify. With two games left, we aim to get it. ”
Saturday's final was a tight match determined by Youri Tielemans' stunning goal, and Rodgers expects a similar event on Tuesday. He said: “I think it would be the same tactically. Two super organized teams, it's going to be a tight match. This was her beauty. Neutrals may be looking 5-4 for an FA Cup final but the two teams are pushing, organizing, not a lot of luck in the game and finally a moment from Youri and a quality moment from Kasper [Schmeichel] lets us win the Cup.
“If it's the same tomorrow night, I'll be really glad. They're in the Champions League final because they have an incredible roster. We know we're going to have to work really, really hard, act equally aggressively, and see if we can seize our opportunities. ”
Rodgers spoke firmly about a new possibility. He signed on for Tielemans after his lead role: “There is no last one. He's clearly signed to the club, he's clearly a player I love working with and we'll see what the summer brings with that. ”