Rodgers hails the “old school” moment; admits he ‘was not aware’ of Leicester statistics


Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers

Leicester lifted the FA Cup for the first time in club history after emerging on the losing side in each of their four previous finals. The contest simmered for much of the evening, but came to life when Yuri Tielemans brought home a spectacular walk that will remain in fox lore.

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With minutes to go, Leicester withstood a late Chelsea attack, with Kasper Schmeichel making a breathtaking dive stoppage to deny Mason Mount.

The drama didn’t end there, as a late equalizer was ruled out when Ben Chilwell was ruled by VAR as offside moments before Caglar Soyuncu and Wes Morgan put the ball into their own net.

Leicester stood firm and won their first major silverware since winning the Premier League title in 2016.

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Talk to TBEN After the game, Rodgers said: “It’s an amazing feeling, I was not aware until I came to Leicester that they had never won the FA Cup, they had lost four finals before, so to be able to give that to the owners and to the fans, so special.

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“So proud, the staff of the board players, the supporters, an amazing day for the city, so proud for everyone.

Regarding the spectacular winner, Rodgers added, “Youri Tieleman’s goal was like an old-fashioned FA Cup winning goal, but also Kasper Schmeichel’s stoppage, those are the special moments you get. need in matches.

“Overall we were the best team, super aggressive, in a good hurry, we were always a threat with the ball. Chelsea are an amazing team which is why they are in the Champions League final but I thought we deserved it.

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On what it means for him: “Very special, I have already participated in six finals and won them, today is the seventh and it’s the FA Cup, so it’s really special. It means a lot to us, so proud, but happier to everyone.

“The success of this team and this club is to reach positions like this and compete, the so called bigger clubs should win but our success is in competition and if we can perform like today we can go and win, what a day for everyone. involved with Leicester.

“What are dreams made of” – Schmeichel

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel also addressed the press, telling TBEN Sport: “I’m so happy I can’t begin to describe it. What a day.

“Indescribable, that’s what dreams are made of, I’ve dreamed of since I was a child, we talk about wanting to win trophies. Today’s performance, courage and determination, I’m so proud of everyone, everyone helped get to the final that everyone played and was sensational.

“Everyone behind the scenes, the whole team behind the team, the medical staff and everyone. That’s why when you work together, get it right, and have an internal belief, this is what we can achieve. “

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When asked if this win was for the owners, Schmeichel added, “Exactly that, we have a photo inside our shirts so he’s always with us. This is what we dream of and talk about for so long.

On goal: “Youri Tielemans, wow what a finish. I didn’t dare to celebrate because of VAR but wow.

“Today is an amazing day, a great day, we will enjoy it thoroughly, but we are training tomorrow, we will play them again on Tuesday in another massive game. Today we are enjoying it but we cannot too long as they are a top class team and they will want revenge.