Rodgers admits he was expecting Vardy to score against Chelsea

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Everyone knows the quality of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, and as Blues fans we have been punished by the fiery striker a couple of times.

However, Sunday afternoon at the King Power Stadium wasn’t meant to be his day against Chelsea.

The defensive duo of Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma ensured that Vardy was quiet all through the game, and the Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers refused to take him off for substitute striker Kelechi Iheanacho, because he was expecting Vardy to get a goal.

Iheanacho has been in fine form this season and has found the back of the net eight times and provided four assists in 20 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign.

However, Rodgers said after the game: “I was just looking at Jamie knowing he still looked fresh.

“We felt he [Vardy] could grab a goal, he doesn’t need many opportunities, so it was just waiting for that opportunity for him to come. So it was as simple as that.”

Leicester have been held to two draws in their first two matches since top-flight action resumed and Chelsea are now a point behind the Foxes, but Rodgers has refused to worry.

Rodgers told a Zoom press conference on Friday: “No [I am not concerned].

“Those teams have picked up results as they have come back – we’ve had two draws, but whichever way you want to spin it, we are in this position through ourselves. We’re third in the league. A great position.

“With seven games to go, we will give absolutely everything to finish where we want to finish. If that doesn’t happen this year, we know at least we would have given it everything.

“We have shown over 31 games that we are worthy of being where we are. All the teams we are yet to play in the league, we have beaten, apart from Manchester United where we went close at Old Trafford.

“We will go into these games and look to get back to our level of performance, getting that intensity back. It has been such a big season for a lot of our players, and a lot of our players are young players.

“So over this last period, we’ve had that little bit of inconsistency you get with young players. We have one of the youngest squads in the league. I understand that. But of course, it will not stop us pushing to finish as high as we can.

“We can only worry about ourselves, not other teams. The other teams are expected to be above us and finish above us, but currently we are where we are based on merit, and hopefully we can finish the job.”

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