Rodgers: Leicester are in Europa Conference League to win it


Date published: Thursday 17th February 2022 10:50 – Jason Soutar

Brendan Rodgers insists Leicester City will try to win the Europa Conference League after their 4-1 play-off first-leg win against Randers.

The Foxes were drawing 1-1 at halftime but came out flying in the second 45 minutes to comfortably win the match.

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Wilfred Ndidi, Harvey Barnes, Patson Daka and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall were on the scoresheet for the Premier League side.

James Maddison was substituted as he “wasn’t feeling well”, Rodgers has confirmed, insisting that the playmaker now “feels fine”.

The former Celtic boss told BT Sport: “He [James Maddison] wasn’t feeling well so we took him off. He is in with the medics and he feels fine. Caglar [Soyuncu] has a sore knee so we will see how he is tomorrow.

“We are disappointed with the goal we conceded right on half-time but I think we continued right on from our game with West Ham.

“Our mantra, in terms of being positive with the ball and progressive. I thought we started well in the first half and created numbers of opportunities in the first and second half. Their keeper has made some fantastic saves. But I am delighted. It is obviously only the first game but to get the four goals and create so much was very encouraging.”

Rodgers continued: “Their goal was a reminder that is you make any mistakes, no matter how dominant you are, you can be punished. Teams at this level can hurt you. It was about keeping calm and keeping our football flowing, creating and taking chances.

“We should have won against West Ham, I felt. And in some other games we have had draws when we should have won. This group will get back to its level, it is just time and players coming back. The fluency was good, We looked dynamic.

“Our goal for the remainder of the season is to finish as high as we can in the league, to keep developing, improving and to get players back. We want to finish as string as we can and bring that into the following season. In this competition, everyone is in it to win it and we are no different.”

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