There were almost as many reasons put forward for Celtic’s defeat in Barcelona as there were goals scored by Luis Enrique’s side.
It was painful viewing for the hoops support as they watched their side dismantled just as hope was brewing that Rodgers could take the club back to the recent highs enjoyed under Martin O’Neill, Gordon Strachan and Neil Lennon.
There was areas all over the pitch, in the development, recruitment and preparation of players that contributed to the gulf between the teams but Rodgers feels that there was one underlying difference between the teams on the night.
“If you look at us domestically, in the league and cups, we’re a physical team,” the hoops boss explained. “We’re aggressive in our running and pressing, getting up to people and touching them when we press but the reality is, at Champions League level, in some areas of the field, we don’t have the physicality to press the game like we do domestically.
“Our biggest lesson was we weren’t aggressive enough. We will learn from the Champions League this season, but, for me, it’s about rolling out and we need certain profiles of players in order to help us as well.
“Obviously that might not come this season because our next window to improve is January but there are certain physical attributes you need, at that level in particular, that can help you.
“You look at the difference in speed, power and strength and we will try to get these players in January. That is something we tried to do in the summer, but we just didn’t have that availability of the players we wanted.”