Aston Villa drew 1-1 against Leicester in the first leg of the English League Cup semifinals on Wednesday.
For all of Leicester's first-half dominance, Villa was the more effective in the final third, opening the scoring just before the half-hour mark through Frederic Guilbert and then going agonisingly close to a second when Ezri Konsa was denied by the crossbar. "Of course, we have a Premier League game next (against Southampton), but I think we'll concentrate on that then we'll get to Villa Park and see what happens".
Leicester's pressure finally told in the 74th minute.
While he may not have ended the match with a goal or assist, there is no doubt Maddison was the biggest threat for Leicester. Little wonder Smith was so proud of his team, with the manager's only complaint being the "farcical" nature with which they conceded given it resulted from Konsa and Douglas Luiz making a mess between them of what should have been a straightforward free-kick for Villa.
Villa, who hasn't won a major trophy since the League Cup was lifted in 1996, tried his luck but remains tied - after being beaten 4-1 by the Foxes in the Premier League last month.
Rodgers chose to play Youri Tielemans in a deeper-than-usual midfield role as a replacement for Ndidi, but felt it was "all too slow and not aggressive enough" in the first half. They counter-attacked us very easily and we never got to grips with that and we learned the lessons very well because I thought it was a real solid defensive performance.
Boss Dean Smith said: "Overall, I'm really proud of the players to be leaving here unbeaten".
Leicester struggled to regroup and Villa nearly doubled their lead three minutes before the break.