Brendan Rodgers said Leicester will “fight to get better” next year after their side were eliminated from the Europa League by Czech side Slavia Prague at King Power Stadium

With playmaker James Maddison missing with a hip injury and in shape winger Harvey Barnes on the bench for the first hour, Rodgers’ team was a shadow of the lively squad heading for Champions League qualifiers Premier League started

Rodgers took responsibility for leaving Barnes out, saying a strong league finish and an FA Cup run were his top priorities

“We have to learn from this,” he said, “we can accept it much easier because we weren’t good enough at night and about both legs

“We’ll get back on track, move on and enjoy the European experience We want to fight this year and get better next year

“If we had to set priorities, they (the Premier League and the FA Cup) would be the two we want to do well in. We wanted to do well in the Europa League but now we can look forward to the Premier League and the FA Cup focus “

Jamie Vardy was kept calm by an efficient, albeit limited, opponent, and a spirited performance by the visitors in the second half resulted in a shock victory

Midfielder Lukas Provod played a volley at the start, before 19-year-old striker Abdallah Sima belated a well-deserved win with a nice low drive

Slavia was attacked by West Ham last year for defender Vladimir Coufal and midfielder Tomas Soucek and could soon spark more interest in the Premier League after this great win

Rodgers, who has already lost five times in this phase of the competition, could of course steer the foxes into the Champions League next year

But he has to hope that this bland representation was a one-off and not a sign that the late collapse of last season could repeat itself

Leicester only lost once in 2021 and was counted among the favorites to get deep into the Europa League

But during the 90 minutes they couldn’t find a sense of spark or adventure without the excellence and inspiration of Maddison and Barnes.They never looked like they were leaving for Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham in the past 16 years

The best chance for a cagey first half an hour was that a long distance caught the backline of Leicester and Sima completed a lob close to the gate

The Czech leaders are unbeaten in the league, but it was still a surprise when they got off to a brilliant start into the second half

Nicolae Stancius’s deep cross hit left-back Luke Thomas and Provod was all alone to score a volley and leave Leicester, who had to score twice to advance

Rodgers quickly responded with a three-fold change with the introduction of Barnes, but despite a significant increase in the tempo, there was no change to the script

Vardy and Barnes had blocked shots but Slavia was rarely concerned and managed to secure her spot in the last 16 when Sima was given room to drill home from outside the area past Kasper Schmeichel

The shock victory was celebrated in style by the visitors Hammers midfielder Soucek was there via video call

Manager Jindrich Trpisovsky has equated his team’s progress with Leicester’s legendary 2015-16 title win

“The difference between the teams is incredible, it’s a sporting miracle,” he said. “I would compare that we win here and Leicester wins the league

“It’s a different league for us I’ve asked my team to see what they’ve achieved and I think it hasn’t penetrated yet”

Attempt blocked Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Youri Tielemans

Attempt blocked Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harvey Barnes

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/56185892