Ndidi Laments Leicester City’s UCL Miss
Super Eagles’ midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has expressed his disappointment after Leicester City failed to qualify for the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League.
The Foxes failed in their quest to finish in the top four of the English Premier League on the last day of the season for an automatic spot in
the top European competition.
Leicester lost their last crucial game to Tottenham Hotspur to finish fifth on the final league table.
The Nigeria international who had this past season helped Brendan Rodgers’ men to win the FA Cup title, expressed his disappointment on missing out on a place in the European competition.
“Every player wants to play in the Champions League if they have the opportunity but if you don’t have the opportunity, grab whatever you see,” Ndidi told SuperSport’s Monday Night Footballprogramme.
“We played the final (FA Cup) before the Premier League matches ended and so we actually grabbed that one and hoping to qualify for the Champions League.
“It’s not like we were just hoping to qualify for the Champions League and just let the FA Cup just go away like that,” observed the Leicester midfielder enforcer.
Ndidi however remains grateful to God winning the FA Cup with Leicester.
“I’m very grateful that we grabbed that one but it wasn’t possible for us to go to the Champions League.”
Ndidi also expressed his delight with the performance of his compatriot and teammate Kelechi Iheanacho.
The centre-forward delivered spectacular performances in the 2020-21 season, scoring 19 goals and providing seven assists in 39 appearances for the Foxes.
“We all know Kelechi Iheanacho is a very good player. Right from the U17 days, he can score goals, he can make assists,” he continued.
“As a footballer not getting much time playing can actually reduce your confidence but I’m very happy he’s back.
“I’ve always tried to encourage him, he’s always giving his best in training but you could see Jamie Vardy is always there, running round the pitch.
“I just feel if Kelechi had the chance he would have actually done something that time when there was no chance for him to showcase but now he’s doing everything I expected of him and we all know the kind of player he is and I’m very proud of him and happy to play in the same team with him.”
The Super Eagles midfielder also praised the influence of Leicester manager Rodgers on his development at the club.
“Brendan Rodgers is a very good coach, he is tactical. He’s a lovable coach, the players love him because he is not just a coach, he’s also like a father figure to us (the players),” he added.
“He’s very friendly, smiles, his door is always open for players. He has actually improved my game psychologically and on the pitch, understanding the game.
“He made me understand the position better and what he really needs me to do. He just wants me to be Wilfred Ndidi, allow Tielemans be Tielemans, Kelechi be Kelechi.
“I cannot do everything but I just need to do my own. Those things are actually adding to my game and then trying to make me better in so many aspects of the game.
“Everything boils down to the system Rodgers really wants for his players and the team,” concludes Ndidi.