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Emile Heskey has challenged Leicester City to target Europa League glory after their Champions League loss. Brendan Rodger’s side were denied a top-four finish on the final day of the Premier League season as they were beaten 2-0 by rivals Manchester United.
Despite the disappointing end to the season, Heskey is backing manager Brendan Rodgers to continue the club’s progress next term and believes a European title is a possibility.
“If you are going to go into a tournament, you’re going in wanting to win,” the former Foxes striker told the PA news agency, speaking at McDonald’s and the Football Association’s Grassroots Football Awards.
“If you’re not what’s the point? They have got more than enough to go in and put pressure on teams. Not many will want to come up against Leicester, with their values and players. There’s talent and no-one will want to come to the King Power.
“They’ve been a success. If you were to say at the beginning of the season Leicester would reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, semi-finals of the League Cup and finish in the top five, would you take that?
“It slipped away, look at the teams they lost to and should be beating, the draw at Watford, little things like that, but it’s a good season, someone was telling me we were in the top four since September.
“Brendan has been fantastic, he’s been a visionary in what we’ve seen from him.”
Heskey scored 46 goals in just under 200 games for Leicester. He played for the Foxes in the UEFA Cup in 1997, when they lost to Atletico Madrid 4-2 on aggregate in the first round.