DANNY MURPHY: Leicester’s FA Cup triumph over Chelsea was a win for football … Khun Top deserves a lot of credit for continuing while Brendan Rodgers finally delivered the silverware his talent deserves
- Leicester City’s triumph at Wembley continues one of football’s feel-good stories
- Youri Tielemans, Kasper Schmeichel, Wesley Fofana and Luke Thomas all starred
- Brendan Rodgers has earned even more respect after winning the FA Cup
- Khun Top has courageously stayed with the club after the death of his father
- The young players of The Foxes can now dream of even bigger nights at the club
The image of the owner of Leicester City, the son of their late chairman who died three years ago while looking up to the sky, showed just how far this club has come and how much the FA Cup means.
This was a win that is good for football. Five years after winning the Premier League, this club wants to keep winning, hitting above their weight, showing what togetherness, good coaching, smart recruitment and good ownership can do. They have spunk, they have great fans. That can go a long way. And by finally winning the FA Cup, they continue to make history.
I, like many others, have not given Leicester much of a chance against a Chelsea side who sent Man City into the league and beat Real Madrid. But they have it perfect. Leicester did to Chelsea what Chelsea did to everyone else. They destroyed them, they frustrated them. It was a great performance with magic on both sides. And you won’t hear any Leicester fans complaining about VAR next season!
Youri Tielemans continued his impressive campaign with the winner of the FA Cup final from Leicester
Kasper Schmeichel made two world-class saves when Chelsea knocked on the Dane’s door
The youthful Wesley Fofana was not impressed by Jonny Evans’ departure due to an injury
I have been delighted with Youri Tielemans all season and that goal was the icing on the cake for a phenomenal campaign. What a goal to win it.
Kasper Schmeichel has been part of the furniture at Leicester for a decade and if you need someone to make two world-class saves, he did.
Wesley Fofana was excellent. Luke Thomas, who played in an FA Cup final for his youth club at the age of 19, was also excellent.
I am so happy for Brendan Rodgers. We’ve always understood how good he is tactical, but until you start winning silverware, you’re not on the same kind of pedestal as the big ones. This is a great reward for his years of service and contribution to the English game.
He was one match away from winning the league in Liverpool, losing an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley to Aston Villa. That nagging complaint that he has to win something. Well, he has it now and he did it the hard way, beating Manchester United and then Chelsea.
This togetherness has been around at Leicester for a long time. We saw it the year they won the competition and it has continued even after the tragic death of their owner. His family deserves a lot of credit for maintaining it.
Teengaer Luke Thomas has cleared himself well in his 22nd senior start for his youth club
Brendan Rodgers deserves a lot of credit for turning rich promises into progress and trophies
Chairman Khun Top has continued the legacy of his Foxes family after the tragic death of his father
Players have left, others have come in, but the show goes on and they keep progressing. They missed the top four on the last day of last season and although it will be tight again this time, I want them to cross the line.
This FA Cup win will do a number of things for Leicester in the future. It brings happiness to the players who already have them and stops them from thinking they have to leave to win things. You also become more attractive to players you want to sign.
There are many young, hungry players at Leicester, such as Fofana, Tielemans and James Maddison. They should not leave urgently. They will feel like they are traveling together. Top players want to win silverware and play in the Champions League. This shows that you can do that at Leicester.