Foxes are determined to win the FA Cup, according to Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

Leicester City have a huge desire to make history and lift the Emirates FA Cup for the first time, according to boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Foxes have never lifted the world's oldest domestic cup competition, despite featuring in the final on no less than four occasions, but Rodgers and his current crop of players are determined to write their names into the history books.

Before they can think about lifting the trophy that has escaped them so many times, the East Midlanders must first navigate a tricky tie against Frank Lampard's Chelsea side as he looks to win his first piece of silverware in his tenure at the West London outfit.

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'There is a motivation there to do it for everyone'

Leicester have already experienced cup heartbreak this season after they were beaten by Aston Villa at the semi-final stage of the Carabao Cup and Rodgers believes their previous experience will fuel their motivation to go all the way.

The Northern Irishman said: "Absolutely. The cups are different.

"You have to have that extra desire. We were really disappointed with the Villa semi-finals, even if we created enough chances.

"You’re never going to have it all your own way. That’s what drives you on."

The 47-year-old also spoke about how success in the cup would pay homage to the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and Rodgers admitted to win the cup would be a special way to pay tribute to everyone associated with the Foxes.

“For the ownership, absolutely. But for everyone" said Rodgers.

"The club has not won the competition. So there is a motivation there to do it for everyone. It’s been the aim right from the offset. There’s a big motivation for multiple reasons."

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'They've got players who are winners'

Sunday's opponents Chelsea are in good form following the return to domestic football, winning both of their games so far - including a win over Manchester City to confirm a first Premier League title for Liverpool - and is aware of the talent the Blues have at their disposal.

He said: "They are a top-class team. They were in the top four last season and won the Europa League. They’ve got players who are winners.

"Frank’s done fantastic in his first season there, he’s blooded young players, and he’ll have learned lots from European games and you can see that from the players they’ve already bought in.

"They’ll be challenging. With the season not being able to bring in anyone, they will have felt they need to reinforce the squad, so they will do that."

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'I'm the eternal optimist in everything I do'

For Rodgers as well, a win over the current UEFA Europa League holders would represent a personal milestone as he looks to claim his first win of his managerial career against his former employers.

Leicester are also looking to beat Chelsea in a knockout competition for the first time in their history and Rodgers believes his players have what it takes.

The Foxes boss said: "I always think (it’s got to be broken).

"Even myself as a manager, I’ve never beaten Chelsea, across all my clubs.

"I’m the eternal optimist in everything I do, so I’ll always believe it will come at some point. We have to push for it."

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