More to come from Rodrigo after Leeds brace, says Bielsa

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More to come from Rodrigo after Leeds brace, says Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa warned there is more to come from Rodrigo after the Spain striker came off the bench to score a late brace in Leeds’ 4-0 win at Burnley.

The 30-year-old effectively killed off the Clarets with his first goal, skipping between Ben Mee and James Tarkowski before beating Bailey Peacock-Farrell with a delightful finish, and then two minutes later he rounded the goalkeeper to cap a fine team move.

Rodrigo is still easing his way back in after missing almost all of April with a muscle strain, yet to start a match since the injury, but showed no signs of rust as he added to to help Leeds move another step closer to securing a top-half finish.

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“Rodrigo is a player at a very high level,” Bielsa said. “He’s one of the strikers for the Spanish national team and they are a powerhouse. He’s a player, like I’ve said before, that it takes him a while to get to his full form.

“When he finally finds his full form he’s a player that is very unbalancing…

“I think these 50 minutes that Rodrigo played against and today, that were at a very good level, are preferable than to play a lot of minutes when you’re not at your best.

“I think in the game against Tottenham and the game today, I think we saw a version of Rodrigo close to what he’s capable of.”

While Rodrigo stole the headlines, Harrison was a huge part of a stylish second-half display from Leeds, scoring the first of three second-half goals and then claiming the assists for both of the others.

Harrison, 24, is in his third consecutive season on loan from , and Bielsa will now be keen to secure his services for longer.

“For Leeds it’s very important to be able to count on a player like Harrison,” the manager said. “He has had a big growth throughout the duration of the campaign.”

For Burnley, defeat was something of a comedown after ensured their Premier League survival.

Former Leeds goalkeeper Peacock-Farrell started due to a knee injury for Nick Pope, but endured another difficult afternoon and has now conceded 14 goals in his four Premier League appearances this season.

“These are the challenges for goalkeepers, these are the challenges of being in the Premier League,” Sean Dyche said of the Northern Ireland international.

“That’s the next step for him, he’s developing and you have to go through the tough times to learn and progress so it’s about how he deals with it.

“I think he’s developed off the pitch, he’s developed physically but the challenge is game time.”

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Chelsea 0-1 Leicester: Tielemans hands Foxes first ever FA Cup

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Chelsea 0-1 Leicester: Tielemans hands Foxes first ever FA Cup

Youri Tielemans’ thunderbolt strike sealed Leicester’s maiden FA Cup triumph with a gritty 1-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley.

The Belgium midfielder rifled an unstoppable effort into the top corner from 25 yards, as Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes put another genuine stamp on years of recent quality.

Former Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell saw a last-gasp effort ruled out for offside after a video assistant referee review, while Kasper Schmeichel earlier made a superb save to deny Mason Mount.

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Leicester’s Premier League title win of 2015/16 might have come against all possible odds, but the East Midlands men have never since wilted.

The Foxes were contesting just their first FA Cup final since 1969, when the Beatles were number one with Get Back and Neil Young’s goal sunk the hopeful Foxes – and an eight-year-old Gary Lineker cried all the way home on the train.

The only tears of Leicester blue this time out were of joy and relief however, as Rodgers’ men capitalised on Chelsea’s toothless final-third play.

Chelsea’s second FA Cup final defeat in as many years will now put a major squeeze on the end of the Blues’ season.

New boss has transformed the Stamford Bridge men after replacing Frank Lampard on January 26 but Chelsea now face a dogfight to secure a top-four Premier League finish – that starts with hosting Leicester on Tuesday night.

The Champions League final against Premier League winners Manchester City on May 29 in Portugal must now seem an age away for Tuchel and his luckless Blues.

And for the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James, two FA Cup final losses in succession will be a bitter pill after such a resurgent second-half to this campaign.

A number of fans booed the players for taking the knee before kick-off, though the anti-racism gesture also received warm applause.

Timo Werner raced in behind the Leicester defence almost at will in a first half where the Blues dominated but failed to make any of their raids count.

James produced an expert block to thwart Jamie Vardy in the area, after Timothy Castagne had outstripped Marcos Alonso down the right.

Caglar Soyuncu twice nodded over as the Foxes pressed their claims too however.

Werner blasted high and wide from distance after fine work from Jorginho and the ever-excellent N’Golo Kante.

And then captain Cesar Azpilicueta went close but failed to connect with an attempted header with the goal at his mercy. Thiago Silva’s teasing cross only required the finest of touches, but Azpilicueta could not adjust quickly enough at the far post after the faintest of flicks from Werner.

Jonny Evans then trudged out of the match just past the half-hour, with his troublesome heel injury again flaring up and Marc Albrighton joining the fray.

Vardy found time to flick a speculative header wide after Tielemans’ ball over the top.

But despite Kante stealing the ball in the Leicester area to tee up another period of Chelsea pressure, a cagey affair reached half-time without score.

Chelsea again dominated when the action resumed, but again the Blues had nothing whatsoever in the way of killer instinct.

Alonso headed straight at Schmeichel and with no power from a Kante cross, while Azpilicueta miscued a centre of his own, straight to the untroubled Foxes keeper.

And just when Tuchel must have been preparing a clutch of changes, up stepped Tielemans with a piledriver strike.

Ayoze Perez cut out James’ hopeful ball out of defence and Luke Thomas immediately threaded through to the unmarked Tielemans. The Belgium midfielder strode forward and as the space opened up he lashed the ball into the top corner.

The lucky Leicester fans inside Wembley rightly leapt into delirium, to toast a strike of the highest quality.

Tuchel immediately unloaded his bench in a bid to turn the tide, with Chilwell’s header forcing a smart save from Schmeichel.

Schmeichel came to Leicester’s rescue again at the death, when the sharp-witted stopper tipped away a rasping effort from Mount.

Chilwell thought he had rescued an equaliser against his former club, only to see his bundled effort ruled out for offside by a VAR review.

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