Brendan Rodgers caused quite a bit of a stir this week when he said ‘he didn’t know what the (Europa Conference League) competition is in all fairness”. Quite a statement by the Leicester City boss, whose Leicester side, are staring at a Europa Conference League play-off tie.
Yes, there are sides like NS Mura, a team that might consist of postmen, teachers and plumbers, but don’t remind Tottenham Hotspur of that. The Slovenian side beat Spurs 2-1 of course, a game which lead to an all mighty Jamie O’Hara rant.
FC Basel, Vitesse Arnhem, Roma, FC Copenhagen and of course Tottenham are some of the heavy-weight sides in this years inaugural competition. We see this competition the same as the now defunct Cup Winners Cup.
There have been shocks, yes there was the aforementioned Tottenham game, but the Roma and Bodo/Glimt game (which finished 6-1 to Bodo) again is another reason why Brendan should get familiar with UEFA’s new competition.
The comment, might have been a heat of the moment comment (we’re sure it is), but Brendan really? You lost 7-0 to Barcelona as Celtic boss, and your sides have conceded 34 times in Europe over the years, ouch!
Domestically, we don’t doubt you Brendan, you have managed Leicester City and achieved some real highs. Guiding The Foxes to their maiden FA Cup, that’s not too dissimilar to the 2016 Premier League title win.
Words can come back to bite you, Brendan Rodgers, sorry to say we don’t see your side fairing well in the Europa Conference, which your team will need to win to enable Europa League qualification, which might save your job.