Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers blamed the meek departure of the Foxes from the Europa League to Slavia Prague.
Rodgers, who missed the injured James Maddison and suspended Kelechi Iheanacho, began in a more advanced role with 13-goal Harvey Barnes on the bench with Youri Tielemans but acknowledged that his choices struggled to pay off.
“It’s my job, I choose the team with the players that we have available and it didn’t work as well as I would have liked,” he said.
“Throughout the season, we changed the team very frequently because we had injuries all year round. We had to find a way to freshen up the roster. The players are coming back from injury. They were better than us overall and deserved to go through. We have to get away from that and learn from it.
We had a pretty good start, we had to be patient, but we never really produced too many possibilities. I’m dissatisfied with the priorities, the second one in particular – we have to defend with greater urgency.
It’s disappointing, but I told the players that we would benefit from it afterward. We should accept that much better because at night and over the two legs, we weren’t good enough.
We’re going to get back in, we’re going to move on and we’ve loved the experience of Europe and we want to fight this year and be stronger next year.”
For Leicester, it was a horrible night against Slavia Prague.
Brendan Rodgers would have had high hopes of potentially ending his hoodoo by failing to make the last 16 of the Europa League despite choosing to rotate his team.
However, in front of his very eyes, those dreams soon disintegrated as the Czech side booked their place in the last-16 draw on Friday.
From this disappointment, there will be no running away. For Rodgers and his players, it will take a few days for it to sink in, but they still have plenty of goals to accomplish this season.
Last season, it was about this time that the wheels began to come off their Champions League football bid and they finished fifth.
The club is on an upward curve with Rodgers in charge. In the Premier League, they remain third and also face next month’s FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United.
There’s always much to play for and now you need to ensure that this blow does not do permanent harm, beginning on Sunday in the Premier League against Arsenal.