Brendan Rodgers urged Leicester players to seize opportunities and secure their Champions League qualification when they faced Chelsea in the rematch of their FA Cup final victory on Tuesday.
A victory at Stamford Bridge would be enough to secure a top-four finish by beating Thomas Tuchel's team at Wembley on Saturday. Rodgers admitted that Liverpool won the West Brom on Sunday with a last-minute goal. He just raised the stakes from the goalkeeper Alisson. But despite the rapid turnaround following the FA Cup heroes, Leicester's manager insisted his team was ready to go deep.
“Everything is still in our hands,” Rodgers said. “The actors were absolutely brilliant up to this point. We have European football, now we have two matches where we have to enter the top four. "
“People have never had theirs before. The sense of accomplishment for everyone was absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed the moment but now there is a quick turn and work to do. "
Leicester is in third place, two points ahead of Chelsea, with two matches left, but Liverpool's dramatic Late victory means last year's champions are just a further point.
“It's a great header for Alisson's to score,” Rodgers said. “But we focus on ourselves and we have a great opportunity to qualify. With two games remaining, we aim to get him. "
Saturday's finale was a tight match set by Youri Tielemans' stunning goal, and Rodgers anticipates a similar event on Tuesday. He said: “I think it will be tactically the same. Two super organized teams, it will be a tight match. This was her beauty. The neutrals may be looking 5-4 for an FA Cup final but the two teams are pushing, organizing, not much luck in the game and finally a moment from Youri and a moment of quality from Kasper [Schmeichel] allow us to win the trophy.
“If tomorrow night is the same, I'll be really pleased. They are in the Champions League final because they have an incredible cast. We know that we will need to work really, really hard, act equally aggressively and see if we can seize our opportunities. "
Rodgers spoke tight about a new possibility. Following his lead role, he signed for Tielemans: “There's no last one. He's clearly contracted to the club, he's clearly a player I love to work with, and we'll see what the summer brings with that. "