Youri Tielemans’ goal for the ages fittingly secured Leicester City’s first ever FA Cup success at Wembley as VAR had the final say.
The Belgian’s second-half strike from at least 25 yards flew past Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal and sent the Foxes fans into raptures.
Thomas Tuchel will be left wondering what might’ve been after his Blues side came up short in the capital. Neither side registered a shot on target in the first-half but the game began to open up in the second 45 .
1 . Foxes crash the party: Not a ‘top six’ side in the historical or financial sense, but in every other way they are one of the big boys.
Rodgers has got the most out of this young side with their recruitment also key to their success. Leicester have become just the second team outside the ‘top six’ in the past 13 years to win the FA Cup and soon enough they may well have to be recognised as a genuine force in English football.
Ever since he arrived in England people have said Tielemans was capable of playing at the highest level suggesting that perhaps the Foxes were lucky to have a player of his calibre. Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. Tonight though no one who follows Leicester could care. Tielemans was the best player on the pitch in the capital and fittingly he settled the game.
3 . Chelsea feeling the blues: No one can say Tuchel hasn’t had the plaudits he deserved since arriving in England. He’s taken an inconsistent Chelsea side to within 90 minutes of European glory and may well deliver a top four finish.
Against Leicester though, a team content to soak up pressure and not leave space in behind, the Blues did look a little bereft of ideas.
So often his past with Stocksbridge Park Steels in referenced and it was with them that Vardy played in the very first FA Cup qualifying round all those years ago.
His appearance in the final means he became the first player in history to play in every round of the competition. At 34 Vardy may not be playing as regularly as he once did, but he remains one of Rodgers’ best and unique weapons.
When a player is left out of a final though it seems to hit home more than it does in a league game. Managers can often tweak things depending on their opponents or try and utilise their squad depth on a week-to-week basis.
Today though Abraham was again left out of the Chelsea squad which could well spell the end for the Englishman. The Blues have two league games left as well as the Champions League Final, but don’t be surprised if you don’t see Abraham.