- Claude Puel credits Leicester City for their disciplined performance against Newcastle United
- The Foxes won 2-0 thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire
- Puel thanked the Club’s fans for their brilliant support at St James’ Park
- The victory will be assessed on Monday’s Extra-Time show
Leicester absorbed pressure in several stages during the clash, but ultimately prevailed to return home with another three points in the bag.
“I think it was a fantastic performance, a fantastic collective performance for us,” Puel told LCFC TV after the victory. “It’s a good reward for the team because we played against a difficult team with strength, good players, duels and battles.
“It was important to always keep our focus, our concentration of long balls and second balls.
“It was tough and we have to manage this game and I since the beginning, since kick-off, we didn’t control all of the game but we played with consistency and I think it’s a good performance for us.
“[We had] discipline, structure and good play on the floor after to use the good balls. I’m happy about our collective performance and all of the players gave their best in this condition.”
Often a raucous atmosphere at St James’ Park, Puel was pleased with the way his side thrived off the support of the 3,000 City fans stationed high up in the stands.
“We know in this stadium, at St James’ Park, with 50,000, 55,000 people, we needed to score first because we know the atmosphere,” he added. “We have had also the good support from our fans.
I was happy about our collective performance. It’s not the perfect game, but I think it’s a game we can take some good momentum from after.Claude Puel LCFC TV
“They were up in the stadium but we listened a lot and I would like to thank them for their support because it’s important away from home to continue to support the team. They deserve a lot of good support because they always give their best.
“I was happy about our collective performance. It’s not the perfect game, but I think it’s a game we can take some good momentum from after.
“We need to keep our humility, to respect the opponent and to play with discipline and creativity with the ball.
“It’s important that the first priority, the most important thing, is to have this discipline, to get good transitions with the ball – to attack together and to defend together. I think in this condition and situation, it was a good example this afternoon.”
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