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Chelsea 2-1 Leicester: Thomas Tuchel 'happy' as Blues bounce back from cup final agony

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel warned his side "the job is not done yet" – but is this deja vu for Leicester City?

Tuchel's side beat the Foxes 2-1 to boost their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League – four days after Leicester beat Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Cup final.

"It was a strong performance and well deserved performance," Tuchel told BBC Sport.

"[This is] no time for celebration, the job is not done yet, two more games to go. We're very happy to play in front of supporters, it was a huge difference today."

Chelsea's top-four hopes are now in their own hands but Leicester are in real danger of dropping out of the top four late in the season again.

Chelsea's revenge and Roy's farewell

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Chelsea's remaining game: Sunday – Aston Villa (a).

Leicester's remaining game: Sunday – Tottenham (h).

Liverpool's remaining two games: Wednesday – Burnley (a); Sunday – Crystal Palace (h).

Chelsea will be guaranteed a Champions League place if they beat Aston Villa on the final day. Even if they finish fifth, they could qualify if they beat Manchester City in the Champions League final on 29 May.

Liverpool and Leicester could be separated by goal difference if they win their games – although the Reds have the edge.

If Liverpool beat Burnley and Crystal Palace by one goal each, Leicester would need to beat Tottenham 3-0 on the final day. They would need to win by more if the Reds get bigger victories in either game.

If either the Clarets or Eagles deny the Reds, then it is still in Leicester's hands.

Why does this feel familiar for Leicester?

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says his side conceded a "very very harsh" penalty

There are huge similarities between last season and this campaign for Leicester, who have spent a large period of those two years in the top four places.

When football paused because of the first Covid lockdown, Leicester were eight points clear of fifth place.

They would only win one of their nine games after the Premier League restarted and dropped out on the penultimate day.

This season at the same stage they were also eight points above fifth place (and 13 above Liverpool, who had one game in hand).

If Liverpool beat Burnley on Wednesday, the Foxes will again drop out of the top four on the penultimate round of games.

"We said it all along, the players have had a great season but it would have to be after 38 games," said Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers.

"We have to get the points on Sunday then see where we are. If we don't get in the Champions League it has still been a great season."

The FA Cup win would, of course, make this season's potential collapse easier to take – it still makes it the second best season in Leicester's history.

Chelsea get the win they really needed?

Saturday felt like the bigger game for Leicester, who had never won the FA Cup before. But Chelsea, who have won that cup six times since 2000, are more reliant on a Champions League finish.

"You want to win every final. The game was so big that we couldn't have so much things in our head about the final because we had to concentrate on this game," Chelsea striker Timo Werner told BBC Sport.

"It was much more important because when you don't play Champions League next season it means a lot."

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Comment posted by JamieCrawfordd7, today at 04:20JamieCrawfordd7

04:20Chelsea fan here. Think it’s mad that some people are saying that Leicester are going to ‘fail’ again. Absolute incredible season for them. Watching them bring the owner to lift the FA cup actually made me happy they won. A proper team. Your season has been incredible again regardless of the next fixtures. We all envy you even if some can’t admit it. the ‘top six’ should include you.20416L

Reply posted by Leslie Thornton, today at 07:21Leslie Thornton

07:21to JamieCrawfordd7"Chelsea fan here. Think it’s mad that some people are saying that Leicester are going to ‘fail’ again. Absolute incredible season for them. Watching them bring the owner to lift the FA cup actually made me happy they won. A proper team. Your season has been incredible again regardless of the next fixtures. We all envy you even if some can’t admit it. the ‘top six’ should include you."Leslie Thornton replied: If you actually think that way you’re not really a true Chelsea supporter m8.20213More replies (17)downB

Comment posted by BlueFox, at 23:47 18 MayBlueFox

23:47 18 MayIt’s quite sad when getting to the Champions League means more to some than actually winning anything.

5th place guaranteed and an FA Cup win.

Thankyou very much13314I

Reply posted by Info Addict, at 23:54 18 MayInfo Addict

23:54 18 Mayto BlueFox"It’s quite sad when getting to the Champions League means more to some than actually winning anything.5th place guaranteed and an FA Cup win.Thankyou very much"Info Addict replied: Chelsea have won plenty of FA Cups. Different priorities.3249More replies (18)downJ

Comment posted by JJP70, today at 00:12JJP70

00:12It is disappointing that your journalism is ropey enough that you wrote a falsehood. Leicester won 2 games after lockdown last season – against Crystal Palace and Sheffield United. If you’re getting paid to write and this is supposedly your area of expertise, less laziness would be appreciated.952G

Reply posted by gerrard4ever, today at 10:04gerrard4ever

10:04to JJP70"It is disappointing that your journalism is ropey enough that you wrote a falsehood. Leicester won 2 games after lockdown last season – against Crystal Palace and Sheffield United. If you’re getting paid to write and this is supposedly your area of expertise, less laziness would be appreciated."gerrard4ever replied: Agree that BBC journalism is shocking. I follow a national league team and BBC still state that teams in the bottom three are fighting relegation this season. There is no relegation as the national league North and South was stopped. How Can you get things so badly wrong time and time again.00A

Comment posted by andrew, today at 07:14andrew

07:14Is it possible to get an agreement against us that BBC should posts that contain childish rubbish such as ‘Chelski’, ‘ManUre’, ‘Spuds’, etc. It turns the conversation into a primary school playground squabble rather than a conversation about football. Very, very tedious. ‘Not big, not clever’. Massive upvote and maybe BBC could take this on board ?818F

Reply posted by Footie247, today at 08:14Footie247

08:14to andrew"Is it possible to get an agreement against us that BBC should posts that contain childish rubbish such as ‘Chelski’, ‘ManUre’, ‘Spuds’, etc. It turns the conversation into a primary school playground squabble rather than a conversation about football. Very, very tedious. ‘Not big, not clever’. Massive upvote and maybe BBC could take this on board ?"Footie247 replied: Totally agree. One of the criteria for removing a post is that the post was intended to provoke. Great moderation there BBC.122More replies (5)downA

Comment posted by Avi, at 23:50 18 MayAvi

23:50 18 MayLet’s not forget Leicester has had a very good season, I can name you 15 teams that would love to do what they have done, this season.

They may still get top 4 so they are not out of it yet. plus a FA cup!!!787T

Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, today at 03:03The Spin Doctor

03:03to Avi"Let’s not forget Leicester has had a very good season, I can name you 15 teams that would love to do what they have done, this season.They may still get top 4 so they are not out of it yet. plus a FA cup!!!"The Spin Doctor replied: The reason why the 15 teams that would love to do what they have done, this season, is because for most of them, what Leicester has done is the most they can hope for.
All teams don’t have the same realistic expectations. For example, the Burnley owners openly say that as long as they avoid relegation they are happy. While the Arsenal owner says as long as he makes a profit he’s happy.351More replies (4)downR

Comment posted by Rafiki, today at 06:31Rafiki

06:31Yes Brendon, the penalty was a tad harsh, but the penalty that Chelsea were denied earlier was stonewall …sorry fella.648M

Reply posted by Marx44, today at 06:38Marx44

06:38to Rafiki"Yes Brendon, the penalty was a tad harsh, but the penalty that Chelsea were denied earlier was stonewall …sorry fella."Marx44 replied: No need to apologise.123More replies (4)downC

Comment posted by Crueboy, today at 06:21Crueboy

06:21As a foxes fan, it’s been a great season. The squad isn’t quite good enough for CL in my opinion.582D

Reply posted by devana, today at 07:02devana

07:02to Crueboy"As a foxes fan, it’s been a great season. The squad isn’t quite good enough for CL in my opinion."devana replied: Spot on!151More replies (6)downC

Comment posted by Chris A, today at 06:12Chris A

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06:12I hope Chelsea used the video that Amartey posted on social media after the cup final, as motivation for last night and to get them fired up.
It was a classless act of disrespect to beaten opponents, so astonishingly brazen that I’m amazed it wasn’t spoken about more, even by the Leicester loving media. He got his comeuppance in my opinion.457C

Reply posted by Crueboy, today at 06:22Crueboy

06:22to Chris A"I hope Chelsea used the video that Amartey posted on social media after the cup final, as motivation for last night and to get them fired up.It was a classless act of disrespect to beaten opponents, so astonishingly brazen that I’m amazed it wasn’t spoken about more, even by the Leicester loving media. He got his comeuppance in my opinion."Crueboy replied: The fact that we have Amartey on the bench is punishment enough!200More replies (6)downO

Comment posted by Ozzy D, today at 05:52Ozzy D

05:52Liverpool fan here, massive part of me feels that Leicester and Chelsea deserve to finish above us, we haven’t even been close to our best this season and I can hardly believe we have a chance of being in the top 4 with 2 games to go. All any of the teams involved can do is try to win their games and see what happens by the end of Sunday’s games, should be interesting to watch though4310F

Reply posted by Footie247, today at 08:12Footie247

08:12to Ozzy D"Liverpool fan here, massive part of me feels that Leicester and Chelsea deserve to finish above us, we haven’t even been close to our best this season and I can hardly believe we have a chance of being in the top 4 with 2 games to go. All any of the teams involved can do is try to win their games and see what happens by the end of Sunday’s games, should be interesting to watch though"Footie247 replied: 6 defeats on the bounce at home is embarrassing. Not deserving of CL next season. But if the others keep throwing points away, then they can’t want it that badly then.123More replies (4)downS

Comment posted by Smart Mick, today at 08:05Smart Mick

08:05As a Cardiff fan it was just over 10years ago I witnessed us beat leicester in a play off semi. 11 years on they’ve won a PL title and an FA Cup and are competing for a top 4 finish. If that’s failure, god help football!! Well done leicester where ever you finish these season!290B

Reply posted by BlueStig, today at 08:29BlueStig

08:29to Smart Mick"As a Cardiff fan it was just over 10years ago I witnessed us beat leicester in a play off semi. 11 years on they’ve won a PL title and an FA Cup and are competing for a top 4 finish. If that’s failure, god help football!! Well done leicester where ever you finish these season!"BlueStig replied: Wow! That was 10 years ago. ‘That’ penalty is still talked about now.00P

Comment posted by Perton66, today at 07:01Perton66

07:01As a neutral I believe that Werner felt a touch and dived to the floor. That said, I don’t blame him. I can’t think of a premier league attacking player that doesn’t dive these days. Football is truly a non contact sport and the game is worse for it.349P

Reply posted by paulc, today at 07:09paulc

07:09to Perton66"As a neutral I believe that Werner felt a touch and dived to the floor. That said, I don’t blame him. I can’t think of a premier league attacking player that doesn’t dive these days. Football is truly a non contact sport and the game is worse for it."paulc replied: Patrick Banford last night vs Southampton230More replies (7)downC

Comment posted by CWBA2017, today at 07:13CWBA2017

07:13Vardy wasn’t laughing just before the final whistle, like he was on Saturday was he?

To be honest, Chelsea could and should have pummelled Leicester last night.

Not much shouting from Lineker last night either…328C

Reply posted by Chris A, today at 07:29Chris A

07:29to CWBA2017"Vardy wasn’t laughing just before the final whistle, like he was on Saturday was he?To be honest, Chelsea could and should have pummelled Leicester last night.Not much shouting from Lineker last night either…"Chris A replied: Agreed, add to that Amartey’s video and all in all it was a very arrogant, disrespectful, classless and unmagnanimous display from Leicester. You’d have thought they’d have shown a lot more class and humility, particularly given it was the first time they’d won the FA Cup.176More replies (4)downL

Comment posted by LondonsFinestClub, today at 00:40LondonsFinestClub

00:40Jeez! Chelsea could’ve been six up. If we start converting even a couple more we are dangerous. Leceister are defensively very organised and always a threat. Chelsea just look a better side.258S

Comment posted by shaun, today at 07:15shaun

07:15Since we got to the cup final I said i’d be happy with a cup final win and fifth place, and I still haven’t changed my mind171B

Comment posted by beatles63, today at 07:07beatles63

07:07To finish above Spurs and Everton both of whom have spent much more on their squads and win the Cup is a great achievement. Everton in particular would bite your hands off for such a season.160J

Reply posted by JoetheGeorgian, today at 08:39JoetheGeorgian

08:39to beatles63"To finish above Spurs and Everton both of whom have spent much more on their squads and win the Cup is a great achievement. Everton in particular would bite your hands off for such a season."JoetheGeorgian replied: Not sure about Everton but Spurs are only 14th in the Premier League based on net spend over the last 5 years.51More replies (3)downR

Comment posted by Robbo, today at 07:43Robbo

07:43As a leicester fan, FA cup and 5th place would be an amazing season…. and thats worse case!150T

Comment posted by TheGMen, today at 06:33TheGMen

06:33A very disappointing performance from Leicester but Chelsea were the better team.
The hangover from winning the FA Cup seemed more like a season over from the Leicester players who showed little fight or creativity.
Maybe the FA Cup Final took more out of Leicester than they imagined.
It feels like the force is with Liverpool.
172A

Comment posted by Aylix, today at 06:20Aylix

06:20Team talk from Rodgers at the weekend “Don’t worry lads…it’s only spurs”153O

Comment posted by Oingo Boingo, today at 06:06Oingo Boingo

06:06Leicester fan here. Frankley, Liverpool deserve it if they qualify. What are we going to do in Europe?

In the season run in Man city and man United are showing how they’re going to get off to an edgy start next season. Having the excuse you’ve already qualified for Europe or have bigger games in mind sets a losing mindset100K

Reply posted by kopite1892, today at 06:13kopite1892

06:13to Oingo Boingo"Leicester fan here. Frankley, Liverpool deserve it if they qualify. What are we going to do in Europe?In the season run in Man city and man United are showing how they’re going to get off to an edgy start next season. Having the excuse you’ve already qualified for Europe or have bigger games in mind sets a losing mindset"kopite1892 replied: Burnley tonight is not a gimme Liverpool still have work to do but I agree with your comment. Still good season tho with the fa Cup on the sideboard152More replies (2)downU

Comment posted by U2, today at 00:32U2

00:32Yes BBC, it is déjà vu all over again.
Get over it 😏123More commentsBack to topunknown
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