Claude Puel comments on chances of Leicester City keeping Riyad Mahrez

Henrietta Brewer
December 14, 2017

The Frenchman can expect a mixed reception at St Mary's with his achievement in leading Saints to a rare place in the League Cup final not matched by the patchy league form which led to his departure.

Puel was sacked by Southampton in the offseason, despite taking the team to a League Cup final and an eight-place finish in the league.

But Puel came under fire for a defensive approach with the club scoring just 41 goals, the lowest among teams in the top half of the table.

Southampton has just one win in their last five games and sits just five points above the relegation zone, and faces a daunting festive season with fixtures against Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

Ahead of Wednesday's clash, Puel said: 'Other people decided to make comments about our play, about results or other things.

"When my players enjoy their football they play with quality and a freedom, they always try to attack together and to score more goals, of course".

'It is a mistake because if you saw games at Southampton we played good football and created chances'.

The 56-year-old pointed towards the success he had on the south-coast. It was great at Wembley, they are good memories'.

It's four less than Claude Puel achieved at the helm this time past year, who was relieved of his duties despite finishing in a respectable 8th place, due to tiresome football seeing The Saints score the sixth-least goals in the division.

"It will be important to keep our best players and to continue this work", Puel is quoted by the Leicester Mercury as saying. After 17 games under Puel last season, Southampton had amassed 24 points; under Pellegrino at the same stage, it has 18.

"I am happy with Shinji and all the players like Shinji because he always gives his best", Puel said to the gathered press after the win.

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