Leicester City boss Rodgers Explains Iheanacho Decision Vs Chelsea

Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute as the Foxes were eliminated from the competition after losing to the Blues.

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has explained his reasons for leaving Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench in their 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.

Ross Barkley’s 63rd-minute winner at the King Power Stadium ensured the Foxes were eliminated from the competition.

Iheanacho has been delivering fine performances for Leicester in the second half of this campaign having struggled at the start of the season.

The Nigeria international has found the back of the net eight times and provided four assists in 20 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign.

The former Manchester City forward was expected to be introduced in the second half to boost the Foxes’ comeback in the game but was surprisingly left on the bench throughout the encounter.

When asked his reasons for his action, the Northern Irish tactician revealed he felt Jamie Vardy could rescue the day for his side.

“I was just looking at Jamie knowing he still looked fresh,” Rodgers said, as per Leicester Mercury.

“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.”

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