Brendan Rodgers claims Chelsea have one advantage over Leicester City ahead of PL clash - The Chelsea Chronicle

Brendan Rodgers claims Chelsea have one advantage over Leicester City ahead of PL clash

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that the two-day gap between the FA Cup final and the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge benefits Chelsea.

Both Leicester and Chelsea would have certainly preferred to have an extra rest day after such an intense cup final on Saturday.

It gives both teams, who are going to play their final league fixtures on Sunday, more time to prepare for the weekend’s games, but this game could define the two sides’ top-four fates.

According to Rodgers, Chelsea will have the advantage due to their excellent squad depth.

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“There is no question that the game’s being on Tuesday will benefit those squads that have a lot of top-class players,” the Leicester boss said during the embargoed section of his press conference on Monday.

“They can rotate, make the changes to make that physical difference.

“Chelsea have one of the best squads in Europe, so if they want to be able to change [their line-up], it’s not going to make a massive difference in quality.

“The extra day would have helped us, but it doesn’t mean that we’ll be any less prepared or ready.”

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On paper, Thomas Tuchel should be able to rotate his team and compete with fresher legs than the visitors in this game.

The likes of Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, and Ben Chilwell only featured from the bench on Saturday. Tuchel might also be able to deploy Mateo Kovacic who missed out on the last defeat.

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