Brendan Rodgers Confident Of Europa League Chances Despite ‘frustrating’ Draw

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said that the ‘last pass’ was the difference between his side taking all three points from the Europa League clash against Spartak Moscow, while saying tracking runners also needs to be better.

The Foxes were left frustrated by only taking a point from the home clash, leaving them in third place in Group C.

After putting four past the same opponents just two weeks ago, City were faced with a tough defence to try to break down.

Despite the frustration of the result, Rodgers was generally happy with the performance against a low block.

“I thought we played reasonably well, they were never going to open up the space,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“We played through them at times and had chances.

“The one time we lost concentration we conceded a goal but responded well.

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“There's times where you can move them a little quicker but you arrive into areas we want to do. A couple of moments we were too static in the first half

“How the guys worked it I thought were very good, we played how you want to play against that system we just failed to make that last pass.”

The frustration was compounded with a second-half penalty save from Jamie Vardy, with the striker stepping up not long after entering the pitch as a substitute.

“It's one of those things, if Jamie is on the pitch, you'll fancy him to bury it,” Rodgers added on the penalty. “It's unfortunate but I don't think you'd want anyone else on the penalty.”

Like the away leg City again had to come from behind in order to take something from the game thanks to Victor Moses’ opener.

It means City have not kept a clean sheet since the Carabao Cup win over Millwall.

And Rodgers identified one ‘problem’ area in defending.

“In the main we defended well in the moments we had to, we have a problem at the moment with tracking runners,” he said.

“Our recovery runs into the box are not at the level we would like. That's something that we need to fix. We need to run quicker back to our own goal, that's very important.”

Source : https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/brendan-rodgers-names-leicester-city-6163836

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