Leicester City lost to Napoli in the Europa League to condemn them to the UEFA Conference League with Brendan Rodgers admitting he has no idea what the competition is. Spartak Moscow leapfrogged them into second place with a narrow 1-0 win over Legia Warsaw. They will now face a playoff for a place in the UEFA Conference league.
“I have to be honest – I don’t even know what the competition is in all fairness. I was focused on the Europa League and winning this group.” Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said. “At the very least, finishing second so with all due respect to the competition, I’m not sure what it is. I’m sure I’ll find out soon enough. I think there’s a lot of naivety in our team and we’ve got a lot of young players. There’s been a bigger demand from them this season, and we’ve played a number of different systems and shapes. Individually it then comes down to having that mentality to track our runner or to stop across.”
“That can be in whatever shape it is, but it’s my responsibility to find that solution. Tonight, we were good offensively but we were nowhere good enough defensively,” he added. “We’ve got to do more to block the shot for their first goal from their first attack. We needed to be more aggressive, the second goal we jump at the wrong time and that opens up the space and for the third goal, you’ve got to track the runner and stop the cross. These are the basics of the game we aren’t doing so well.”