Claude Puel

Puel: Our Solidarity Is Our Strength

Claude Puel says Leicester City’s solidarity gives them confidence as excitement builds for the 2018/19 Premier League opener against Manchester United.
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- Leicester City manager Claude Puel details his vision for the new season
- Puel wants his Foxes side to express themselves with a forward-thinking brand of football
- After a productive pre-season, the City boss says his side are ready for the challenges to come
- The Frenchman acknowledges that the fixture poses a stern test for his side on Friday

The eyes of the footballing world will be on Old Trafford on Friday as the Foxes aim to start their 2018/19 season with a positive result against José Mourinho’s outfit (8pm BST kick-off).

“I expect to see a good mentality from my team, a togetherness,” Puel said in the build-up to the fixture. “Of course, against a team like Manchester United, we can’t play a full game with all the intensity of other games, but I hope we find a good desire to compensate for our difficulties.

“My feeling about the squad is good in this moment because with all the difficulties we’ve had, I feel a good mentality in the team - now we have to build something together.

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Puel: A Good Opportunity To Show Our Quality

Leicester City manager Claude Puel gives his preview of the Premier League curtain-raiser against Manchester United

“In the first game, I know it’s a bit of a lottery, but I want to see a team with desire on the pitch, a togetherness and solidarity to compensate for these things.”

Puel also took the opportunity to outline his overall vision for the upcoming campaign, one he hopes will be remembered for expressive, entertaining football at King Power Stadium.

“Step-by-step we can build something together and, with a good understanding, I think with the new additions to the squad, it gives strength to the squad.

“It was important to take players with good attributes for me, [players who are] comfortable with the ball, and [possess] good quality - technical players with good spirit.

“I’m happy about the quality in the squad and I hope we can put all these things in place on the pitch.

"[We want to be] a team playing forward with quality and with the desire with understanding between themselves to develop good football.”

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