Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers has rued VAR’s ruling out of striker Patson Daka’s strike in the 2-2 draw on Thursday evening, saying the Zambian deserved more from the Group C Europa League fixture.
The Foxes cruised to a two-all lead at King Power Power Stadium thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes only for the Italians to hit back through a double from big Nigerian centre-forward Victor Osimhen.
“Patson is always a goal threat. [I’m] disappointed that he couldn’t get the goal, because it was a great finish, but both those players are young players learning at their level, and how we work, and I’m sure they’ll prove to be very, very good players this season,” Rodgers told Leicester in a post-match interview.
He said his charges ought to learn from the painful experience of giving away the lead so cheaply.
“It was an exciting game. We’re obviously disappointed we didn’t win the game. We were in a great position, but we were playing against a really experienced team and we just couldn’t see it through. We’ll learn from that.
“I said to the players afterwards, there was so many good things in the game, but we’ve got to keep the ball better because by the end, when you don’t have the ball so much and you’re chasing the game, you can tire that little bit,” he said.
Rodgers then acknowledged the obvious quality of the Nigerian striker for Napoli.
“We had some players getting their first 90 minutes of the season as well,and then obviously, their big striker (Victor Osimhen), who’s £70-odd-million, so you can see his quality, and he gets his two goals,” he said.