Claude Puel

Puel: Another Perfect Performance

Claude Puel described Leicester City’s stunning 2-1 victory over Manchester City at King Power Stadium on Boxing Day as the ‘perfect’ performance.
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- Claude Puel reflects on Leicester City's 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday
- Marc Albrighton and Ricardo struck for the Foxes at King Power Stadium
- Puel was delighted with the mentality of his side in another challenging fixture
- The Leicester boss wants his side to continue this form against Cardiff on Saturday

Marc Albrighton’s first half equaliser, following Bernardo Silva's opener, and a rocket from Ricardo nine minutes from time, sealed a second successive Premier League win for the Foxes.

After masterminding another memorable performance from his talented side, which propels the Foxes up to seventh in the top flight table, the Frenchman was delighted with the application of his squad.

“Three points and another good performance, another [example of] togetherness so I am very happy, it was fantastic,” he told LCFC TV at full-time.

“We were fantastic with our mentality after our game against City in the League Cup [a penalty shootout defeat in the Carabao Cup] and Chelsea [a 1-0 win on Saturday].

These two games, Chelsea and City, were fantastic challenges and we created the upset. Okay, it’s good, it’s perfect, but now we need to maintain a consistency and our mentality.

Claude PuelLCFC TV

“Now, it’s another game with the same togetherness. Of course, they are special games because we played great teams with a lot of possession and a good organisation.

“We couldn’t have a lot of the ball, but it was important to be patient and [in] a tough beginning, we found a good balance and we had fantastic chances to score.

“We kept a good organisation against this team and I think this last set-piece was for us with a fantastic shot from Ricky [Ricardo].

“It was deserved by all the team because we made a fantastic work on the pitch with the right mentality, a positive attitude, but now the most important thing is always to think about a good recovery.

“These two games, Chelsea and City, were fantastic challenges and we created the upset. Okay, it’s good, it’s perfect, but now we need to maintain a consistency and our mentality.”

After securing six points from two incredibly tough outings, Puel now wants to see his side push on with another success against Cardiff City on Saturday (3pm GMT kick-off).

Neil Warnock’s men, who currently sit 17th in the table, visit King Power Stadium at the weekend and the Foxes have already defeated them this term, a 1-0 win in Cardiff in early November.

Sometimes we need to defend a lot, like the two last games, and other times, we need to have the ball, to find the space, and to move the opponent.

Claude PuelLCFC TV

“We play against Cardiff in the next game, it will be a different game,” he added. “They will play with a lot of direct play, second balls, and aerial battles, and it will be very tough.

“It will be tough to play against this team, we know we need to adapt against any team.

“Sometimes we need to defend a lot, like the two last games, and other times, we need to have the ball, to find the space, and to move the opponent.

“It is always so difficult, it will be another game, very tough.”

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