The Blues were out for revenge at Stamford Bridge after being “disrespected” by the Foxes, who had beaten them to the showpiece at the weekend.
Chelsea “had to punish” Leicester City for their “disrespectful” FA Cup celebrations, stated Antonio Rudiger after his side’s 2-1 against Brendan Rodgers’ men on Tuesday.
Leicester narrowly edged past Chelsea at Wembley to lift the first FA Cup in their history. One of their players took the celebrations too far as Daniel of Amartey was recorded throwing a Chelsea pennant over his shoulder and onto the floor in the dressing room.
The Blues emerged 2-1 victorious in their subsequent meeting, a win which saw them leapfrog the Foxes in the Premier League table and take a huge step towards Champions League qualification. And Rudiger, who scored the winning goal at Stamford Bridge, suggests the incident was an added motivation for his side.
“Unfortunately some people in the Leicester team don’t know how to celebrate and we had to punish them, 100%,” the German defender told Chelsea TV.
“Some of them gave us a bit more motivation after Saturday. Congratulations to them for winning, celebrate and everything, but don’t disrespect club history. This is a bit bigger than you.”