Leicester City’s inability to defend corners proved costly on Thursday when they were eliminated by AS Roma in the Europa Conference League semi-finals and manager Brendan Rodgers conceded his side weren’t physically strong enough.
Ammy Abraham headed home from Lorenzo Pellegrini in the first half as Roma won 1-0 and 2-1 on aggregate that night to meet Dutch club Feyenoord in the final.
“The corner has been an Achilles’ heel for us all season to be honest, so it was very disappointing to concede the goal that way,” said Rodgers.
“We definitely lack physicality. The courage is there for the players, but within the team, especially without Wilf (Ndidi), we clearly lack the physicality in the team.”
Though disappointed to miss out on a spot in the inaugural Europa Conference League final, Rodgers said the experience of playing at the Stadio Olimpico would help his players grow.
“It’s a young team and they’re always learning, it’s a level a lot of them have never been to. It’s only natural but the guys will learn and it’s a different experience,” he said.
“It’s been a great journey for us. The players will learn from it and gain a lot of experience. Nights like today will stay with them and give them that motivation for the future.”
Leicester, eleventh in the Premier League, host Everton on Sunday.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/we-clearly-lack-physicality-corners-prove-achilles-heel-for-leicester-city-yet-again-41620403.html “We’re clearly lacking in physicality” – Corners once again prove Leicester City’s “Achilles’ heel”.