Brendan Rodgers: "We were disappointed"
Brendan Rodgers speaking after his side's loss saw them fall into the Europa League | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers claims his side "were disappointed" to miss out on a top-four finish, but says he is "excited" for his side to play in the Europa League next season.

Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard in the second-half sealed the victory for Manchester United at King Power Stadium to beat the Foxes to the final Champions League spot.

With numerous first-team players unavailable, it was always an uphill battle for Rodgers' side to overcome the 20-time Premier League winners.

"We had some good moments"

Despite losing on the day, the Foxes were mainly the better side in the game.

Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy saw their attempts fail to test David De Gea before a mistake from Hamza Choudhury resulted in Fernandes tucking away United's 14th penalty of the season.

Speaking to LeicestershireLive, Rodgers spoke about his disappointment: "We were disappointed. The plan for the game was going really well. We knew we had to be deeper but we didn't have too many scares in the first half and we had some good moments.

"The second half, we start well, but we give the ball away and they get the penalty. It becomes difficult.

"Our plan was to get through to the final drinks break and then push, but we conceded the goal just before that moment."

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"Even more creativity"

Leicester scored the fourth-most goals in the league, despite failing to net in their final two games. After the game, the Northern Irishman discussed his plans for the summer.

He said: "The attacking area. We have improved. We knew we needed 65 plus and we got 67.

"But we need even more creativity in the squad. We've been hurt in this last period with three of the back four of the squad. I'm pleased with how we defend. We would like to add more creativity at the top end."

23 of the 67 goals came from Vardy, who was crowned the Golden Boot winner after the defeat. 

Rodgers was full of praise for his striker's performance this season and acknowledges the number nine needs others around him.

He said: "It's a real testament to the outstanding season he's had. We need to get others in and around him. The team know we wouldn't be where we are without him.

"He probably didn't have the same number of opportunities as other strikers."

The defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men means Leicester will play in the Europa League next season, despite leading the Red Devils by 14 points on New Years Day.

Speaking about the competition, Rodgers said: "I'm really excited by that. It's that next step for this squad of players.

"The boys have had a good season. Those experiences, of playing in midweek, will make us more robust.

"I'm excited by that."

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