FA Cup: Brendan Rodgers says corrupt Leicester Metropolis trio have probability to redeem themselves in semi-final in opposition to Southampton

James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury had been sacked for Premier League’s 3-2 loss to West Ham final weekend after breaking Covid-19 protocols

File picture of Leicester Metropolis boss Brendan Rodgers

London: Brendan Rodgers says shameful Leicester trio James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury can earn redemption on the pitch after their coronavirus breach as he prepares his aspect for an FA Cup semi-final in opposition to Southampton.

Rodgers knocked out all three for the Premier League’s 3-2 loss to West Ham final weekend after their break up COVID-19[female[feminine protocols whereas attending a celebration at Perez’s.

However the Leicester boss has mentioned they’re in rivalry for Sunday’s semi-final once more and have an opportunity to revive their broken status.

“That is what they’re very decided to do,” he mentioned. “These guys have made an ideal contribution for us, we’re additionally within the place that we’re due to them.

“They made a mistake and in soccer there will likely be a alternative once more in some unspecified time in the future of their careers and I hope they make a more sensible choice.

“We all the time must look ahead and that’s prior to now. One of the simplest ways to do this as a participant is thru their actions on the pitch.”

Leicester, third within the Premier League desk, will begin as the favourite in opposition to Southampton regardless of a current swing and Rodgers has mentioned retaining calm is essential.

The 2016 Premier League champions have reached 4 FA Cup finals of their historical past however have by no means received the trophy. They final reached the ultimate in 1969.

“At occasions like this, that potential to have that self-control is essential,” mentioned the Northern Irishman. “When it issues most, it is once you’re below strain.

“We need to get into the ultimate and we are able to solely do this with efficiency. If you consider it an excessive amount of or are nervous it may possibly immobilize you.

“You keep calm, give readability to the crew, then are available and look to play your recreation.”

There will likely be 4,000 spectators at Wembley for Sunday’s match, which serves as a take a look at occasion as a part of the federal government’s roadmap out of the coronavirus confinement.

“The gamers have completed very properly to be this aggressive (with out the followers),” mentioned Rodgers. “Having 4,000 is a begin to bringing folks again to the stadiums and we won’t wait to see them there.”

Chelsea face Manchester Metropolis within the different semi-final on Saturday.

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