Antonio Rudiger has identified the reason Chelsea lost their heads with Leicester, saying they wanted to punish the Foxes for disrespecting them.
Both clubs face a charge of failing to control their players after a bench-clearing touchline melee during Tuesday night’s 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
But Rudiger, who sparked the sensational scenes by shoving Ricardo Pereira in the back after a foul on Mason Mount, claims they were motivated by payback.
Chelsea lost the FA Cup final to Leicester and were furious when footage emerged of Foxes defender Daniel Amartey throwing their pennant on the floor.
Rudiger said: “We wanted to show to them because top four was on the line and unfortunately some people from them don’t know how to celebrate.
“We had to punish them for this. After we lost the final we talked with each other, that it’s a massive game coming up and we are on it.
“Some people from them gave us a bit more motivation. Congratulations to them, they won.
“Celebrate and everything. But don’t disrespect club history. This is a bit bigger than you.”
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