The Blues won a decisive 2-1 victory over Brendan Rodgers’ side at Stamford Bridge. Rudiger broke the deadlock in the second half when he bagged a Ben Chilwell corner over the line and Chelsea added a second via a Jorginho penalty. Kelechi Iheanacho struck for the Foxes, but it was only consolation.
It’s a result that puts Chelsea back in control of their own destiny in the Premier League’s top four. Win at Aston Villa on Sunday and Thomas Tuchel and his players are guaranteed to play 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 caught on camera throwing the pennant presented to the Foxes by Chelsea onto the Wembley dressing room floor.
It was seen as a disrespectful move and Rudiger admitted after last night’s win that the incident gave players extra motivation.
“Unfortunately, some of them don’t know how to celebrate. We had to punish them 100%, ”Rudiger told Chelsea’s 5th Stand app.
“Some people among them gave us a little more motivation from Saturday. Congratulations to them, they won and everything. Celebrate and all, but don’t disrespect the history of the club. It’s a little taller than you. “
Amartey was also involved in the late scuffle on the sideline at Stamford Bridge. Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount all clashed with the Ghana international, who was an unused Leicester replacement.
Tuchel admitted after the game that he did not use the incident to instigate his players, although he admitted that his team were very aware of what had happened.
He said: “I didn’t mention it. I know there was an incident but I didn’t talk about it before the game or in any meeting, I don’t do that but I think the players were well aware of it.
“I don’t really like these things because sometimes it can give you too much energy, too much of a feeling of revenge.” I do not like this at all
“We prepared for a very important game and did what we do, how we play football. We wanted to do it at the highest level possible and that’s what we did.
“We needed the intensity and the hunger that makes us a tough team to play. I can’t say anything more about it. “