Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has called on his players to continue to create a legacy and seal a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.
The Foxes will seal a place in next season’s UCL if they beat Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, after defeating them last Saturday at Wembley to emerge victoriously in the FA Cup.
There have been discussions on which is more important between the FA Cup and the league encounter because of the financial benefits that a place in the UCL comes with. However, Rodgers insists that his side are determined to seize the moment again.
“It was a very important game for us at the weekend to create this legacy of being the first team to win the FA Cup for the club,” Rodgers said.
“We want to arrive in the Champions League. We have worked so hard throughout the season and we want to take that opportunity to be in there. We know it is down to ourselves.
“For us, we write our own story and our story is now to go into this game and see if we can get a result. If we get the win, brilliant. If not, then go to the last game [against Tottenham].”
He also claimed that Liverpool’s last-minute winner against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday does not affect his side despite the mounting pressure on them and Chelsea from the Reds.
“The players have been absolutely brilliant up to this point,” “We have got European football, but we have got two games now to arrive in the top four.
“We focus on ourselves, we have a great opportunity to qualify [for the Champions League] and with two games to go we aim to take it.”
According to Rodgers, the potential of a return to the UEFA Champions League since the 2016/17 season as well as the search for quality acquisitions in the transfer market for the club would not affect his great relationship with the owners of the club.
“We are not a club that is going to spend £60-70m on one player,” he said. “I can tell you that now.
“But we will always look to improve our squad. There is no testing of a relationship.
“The relationship is very strong, there is a lot of respect within it and I know the club will always maximise that investment into talent in order for us to improve.”