Rodgers to make history with Leicester at FA Cup final

Mon 19 April 2021 | 7:50

After a 1-0 victory over Southampton with a goal from inform Kelechi Iheanacho, the Foxes have reached their first FA Cup final in 52 years.

Having historically crowned the Premier League champions in 2015-16, Leicester City have never lifted the FA Cup trophy in their entire history, only finishing runners-up on four occasions, and their manager is eager to make history in their upcoming final clash with Chelsea.

"I have been made aware since I've been at Leicester how important this cup is for the supporters. When we arrived here that was the ambition. 

"We said we wanted to be competitive. From a football perspective we wanted to be able to compete and we've been able to do that. Now we have a trophy to genuinely go for. 

"When you fail it is an integral part of being successful. We missed out last year, so a great credit to the players this time."

With his goal against the Saints, Iheanacho his tally in the competition to 14 goals in 19 appearances over the past five years, the most of any player over that period.

"I've been unlucky in the past few years but I need to keep working hard to go to the next level now," Iheanacho told BT Sport.

"We did it together. Without the whole team we wouldn't have won. It's not a one-man show. 

"I'm happy with the way we played together and stayed together at the end and I was at the right place at the right time. We are in the final and we're really happy.

"I think the FA Cup loves me and I love the FA Cup."

On the Nigerian striker, Rodgers added: "His confidence levels are very high. Some of his set-up play was a bit loose today but his confidence was not affected by that. 

"Him and Jamie [Vardy] are a real threat but it is very much a team effort."

On the other end, the Saints failed to have a single shot on target this time around. However, their Austrian manager is still able to see the bright side of his side’s performance.

"It's hard to take because we haven't been the worst team," Ralph Hasenhuttl told

BBC Sport

. "We saw a not very good football game to be honest, with both teams a little nervous.

"That such a goal decides such a game is a pity for us. We had a good run and we wanted to get to the final to give our fans the chance of another final. 

"In the end, especially in the final third, we didn't have good moments. We couldn't get a shot on goal and this is not enough. We had the chance to get to the final. We'll try again next year."

source: SportMob

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