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Brendan Rodgers' beef with Chelsea, why he wasn't hired & FA Cup revenge


Animosity is in the air as Brendan Rodgers takes on Chelsea, the club who refuse to appoint him as manager following his comments back in 2014

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Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be hoping to experience the sweet taste of victory over Chelsea yet again when the pair meet at the King Power Stadium on Saturday – and you get the feeling they don’t come much sweeter for the Leicester boss.

Youri Tielemans rifled in a Wembley screamer as Rodgers guided the Foxes toFA Cup glory back in May, trumping the tactics of Thomas Tuchel along the way and showing the Blues just what they missed.

When it comes to Chelsea, it feels like Rodgers has somewhat of a chip on his shoulder.

Having spent time as a youth coach and then reserve team manager with the Blues, the Northern Irishman has always appeared destined to fill the managerial hot seat at Stamford Bridge as his career has continued its upward trajectory since the two parted ways in 2008.








Revenge was sweet for Brendan Rodgers as he guided Leicester to FA Cup glory against Chelsea back in May
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However, for one reason or another, a Chelsea return has failed to materialised. In fact, it may well be for one particular reason indeed why it hasn’t happened.

It appears as though the hierarchy over in west London have faultless memories and don’t let grudges go very easily. It is widely believed comments dating back to 2014 have forever been held against Rodgers, preventing him from re-joining the club that gave him his big break on his path into the world of management back in 2004 after being poached by then manager Jose Mourinho.

After persuading Victor Moses to join his Liverpool side for the 2013-14 season, Rodgers fired a not-so-subtle shot at his former employers as he implied the Nigerian winger had made a step-up in club size by swapping the Stamford Bridge outfit for Anfield.

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“It’s not easy when you come to a big club,” Rodgers pointedly remarked to the Liverpool Echo when discussing Moses’ struggles to find form following his arrival. “You come from a really good club like Chelsea to a massive club like Liverpool, where there is expectancy every day.

“For any player to go into a big club is a huge difference in terms of mentality.”







Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not thought to be a fan of Rodgers



And it’s fair to say the dig hasn’t been forgotten. Bridges have certainly been burned. Despite the many links whenever the Chelsea job becomes anywhere near to being available, Rodgers’ name is always dismissed.

The Blues’ big boss Roman Abramovich is also believed to have been irked by Rodgers’ treatment of the players he has taken on loan and for his self-portrayal as Mourinho’s protégé rather than a grateful son of the Chelsea system.




A bleak record of a mere two wins in 18 encounters for Rodgers have perhaps justified the snub in the eyes of Abramovich, but that Wembley win earlier in the year will no doubt have been special for the current Leicester boss. Revenge is sweet as they say.

When the pair clash, more than three points are often at stake. There’s a bigger point to prove. Whether the bad blood will one day be put to one side remains yet to be seen, but for now, one thing is for certain: there’s animosity in the air when it comes to Rodgers v Chelsea. This one is personal.







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