Conference League

Ex-Leicester defender Martin Keown: “They got bullied by Roma at times.”

John Solano

British pundit and ex-Leicester City defender Martin Keown was critical of his former club after they crashed out of the Conference League semifinals against Roma.

Tammy Abraham’s first half headed goal plus the Giallorossi’s defensive masterclass thwarted the Foxes in yesterday’s return leg in the Italian capital.

“I think he (Brendan Rodgers) will reflect on his tactics above all else, because when you go in against Mourinho, you’ve got to get it right. Definitely, they (Leicester) got it wrong,” he told BT Sport.

“You’re in a big stadium and a lot of these young players are in their first semifinal. They’ll look back at it and think ‘this won’t happen again, I’ll learn from this’.”

He added, “They were a little bit bullied at times. Every single decision seemed to go against them. The atmosphere is hostile but it’s about how you come back from that, as a young player, because if they want big careers, they have to put it to one side and learn from it, as has the manager.”

“And I think there is a lot to be learned—but it’s one of those where you have to suck it up, go home, and you have to store it as energy for the future.”

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