Antonio Rudiger’s message to Daniel Amartey after Chelsea ‘punish’ Leicester for FA Cup incident
Antonio Rudiger admits the actions of Daniel Amartey after Leicester City’s FA Cup win provided Chelsea with extra motivation to “punish” the Foxes when the two sides met last night in the Premier League.
The Blues completed a vital 2-1 victory over Brendan Rodgers’ side at Stamford Bridge. Rudiger broke the deadlock in the second period when he bundled a Ben Chilwell corner over the line and Chelsea added a second via a Jorginho penalty. Kelechi Iheanacho struck for the Foxes but that proved only to be a consolation.
It’s a result that puts Chelsea back in control of their own destiny in the Premier League top-four race. Win at Aston Villa on Sunday and Thomas Tuchel and his players are guaranteed to be playing Champions League football next season.
The victory also avenged the FA Cup final defeat the Blues suffered on Saturday, after which Leicester defender Amartey was videoed throwing the pennant presented to the Foxes by Chelsea onto the floor of the dressing room at Wembley.
It was viewed as a disrespectful action and Rudiger admitted after last night’s win that the incident gave the players extra motivation.
“Unfortunately, some people of them don’t know how to celebrate. We had to punish them, 100%,” Rudiger told Chelsea’s 5th Stand app.
“Some people from them gave us a bit more motivation from Saturday. Congratulations to them, they won and everything. Celebrate and everything but don’t disrespect club history. This is a bit bigger than you.”
Amartey was also involved in the late brawl on the touchline at Stamford Bridge. Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount all clashed with the Ghana international, who was an unused substitute for Leicester.