Despite being in the box seat for a top-four finish, Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers insists his players will be as eager as ever to defeat Chelsea tomorrow evening at Stamford Bridge.
Following Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, in which the Foxes won the trophy for the first time in their history with a 1-0 victory, the two clubs will meet for the second time in four days in west London tomorrow evening.
Whilst Leicester City and Chelsea competed in the world’s oldest domestic league, Liverpool and West Ham United had the opportunity to gain ground and make the chase for the top four that much more excitement ahead of the final two rounds of Premier League action.
Whilst West Ham were held to a 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening, Liverpool won their third consecutive Premier League match in the most dramatic circumstances possible on Sunday afternoon, coming from behind to defeat already-relegated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns, with goalkeeper Alisson heading home a corner in stoppage time.
Jurgen Klopp’s side climbed to within one point of Chelsea in fourth place, ensuring the Blues’ match against Leicester tomorrow evening will be under a lot of pressure.
Liverpool are still just three points behind Leicester, which means that a victory for Chelsea tomorrow evening and a win for Liverpool at Burnley on Wednesday will bring the Reds level on points with the Foxes.
Despite Alisson’s dramatic winner, which gave Klopp’s side a significant advantage in the chase for the top four, Rodgers has remained unconcerned.
There’s no ramifications for us,” said Rodgers, following Liverpool’s late victory over the Baggies. “We have to control what we do and we have it in our hands.
“We’ve got European football but we have two games to arrive in the top-four. We can only control what we have ourselves.
“Big Sam [Allardyce] will be disappointed because they defended well. We have a great opportunity to qualify and we intend to take it.”
Given Liverpool’s recent form, Leicester and Chelsea must be under pressure ahead of tomorrow evening’s crucial match, with the Merseyside outfit ready to pounce on any errors.
However, after defeating the Blues at Wembley on Saturday, Rodgers will be hoping for a repeat performance tomorrow evening, implying that his players will go all out to get the better of Thomas Tuchel’s side.
“When you are a club that wants to win, you know sometimes you will fall short,” added the Northern Irishman. “They are in the Champions League final for a reason. They’ve got an excellent squad.
“We have to work hard and be equally aggressive and see if we can make our chances count.”