Leicester manager Rodgers bemoans another set-piece goal in Roma defeat

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers was left to lament his team’s poor set-piece defending once again after Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Roma.

The Foxes have copped goals from corners all season and it proved the same against Roma, costing them a place in the Europa Conference League final.

“Of course when you lose a second leg of a semi-final it’s disappointing,” Rodgers said. “I thought the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic from both sets of supporters. It was a great arena to come and play in.

“In the second half we were much better. We imposed ourselves and made changes. In the first half it wasn’t aggressive enough. The players kept going until the very end but we couldn’t find that big chance. There wasn’t many in the game for both teams.

“The corner… It’s been our problem all season. We have tried every structure in the box – man-marking and zonal – but clearly we lack physicality in the team to deal with certain situations consistently and that has cost us tonight.

“We really dominated the first leg and had opportunities so we always had it in the back of the mind that we might need to change it and get an extra body through the middle. The players responded really well second half.

“It’s been a great journey for us in Europe in the last couple of years. We have a lot of young players that are finding their way and this was a great experience for them. That will provide motivation for them next season. We just missed out so we’re disappointed but we need to finish the season strongly now and look to progress in the summer for next season.”

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