Leicester City narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification following a final day defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Foxes were trailing fifth-placed Liverpool on goal difference and third-placed Chelsea by a point heading into the last round of Premier League fixtures, but despite Aston Villa’s 2-1 win over the Blues, Leicester couldn’t capitalise.
Two late Gareth Bale goals sealed all three points for Spurs in what was likely to be the Welshman’s last ever game for the capital club and it ensured that the Midlands outfit will be playing Europa League football next term.
It was a poor display all round for Brendan Rodgers’ men, especially in the second half, however, one man, in particular, let the Northern Irish manager down.
As per SofaScore, Timothy Castagne received a miserly rating of 6.1/10, the joint-second lowest score of any player on the King Power Stadium pitch.
The Belgium international has adapted to the English top-flight well since a summer move from Atalanta, but he certainly fell short when Leicester and Rodgers needed him most.
Castagne won just two of his five duels on Sunday afternoon, and the £21.6m-rated full-back (as per Transfermarkt) was also unable to find a teammate with either of his two long balls.
In a must-win game, players need to be strong in the tackle and be good on the ball, Castagne was neither.
His below-par performance summed up a bitterly disappointing final day for the FA Cup champions, who were hoping to return to Europe’s elite cup competition following a five-year absence.
It’s the second consecutive season where Rodgers’ side have missed out on a place in the top four on the last day of the campaign, although the former Celtic boss can still be incredibly proud of what his team have achieved in 2020/21.
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