Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers shouldered the blame for his side’s shock exit from the Europa League after Thursday’s 2-0 home loss to Slavia Prague but said the competition was never his top priority.
With the score tied at 0-0 from the first leg in Prague, Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima scored in the second half at the King Power Stadium to put the Czech side into the last-16.
Rodgers made a number of changes to the side that beat Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, with Harvey Barnes, Timothy Castagne and Ricardo Pereira dropping to the bench, while Youri Tielemans was deployed in a more advanced position.
Rodgers said his team selection had backfired.
“It’s my responsibility. I pick the team to try to get the result and that clearly didn’t work as well as I would have liked,” Rodgers said.
“We’ve changed the team often because we’ve carried injuries…