Leicester City boss Claude Puel: 'No extra joy from beating Southampton'

Lynette Rowe
December 16, 2017

Foxes manager Claude Puel returns to St Mary's Stadium for the first time since being sacked as Saints boss back in June, having guided the club to an eighth-place league finish as well as the EFL Cup final.

Despite the difference in fortunes this season, Southampton have never lost a Premier League clash against Leicester City at St Mary's Stadium and last suffered defeat in this fixture in April 2000 at The Dell.

Southampton have been strong defensively and attacking-wise against Wednesday's visitors in recent meetings, keeping seven clean sheets out of the last nine times Leicester have come to town in all competitions, as well as scoring at least two goals in their last three home meetings.

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

"We try to play on the floor, but of course we can make more progress and we need to continue this work and just focus and concentrate on our own play, and hopefully we can continue with good results for the future".

Leicester City boss Claude Puel: 'No extra joy from beating Southampton'

Leicester's decision to appoint the Frenchman back in October was met with scepticism by the club's supporters, however, the 56-year-old has turned the Foxes' season around and they now occupy eighth place in the league table.

Despite being beaten 3-2 by Manchester United, the Saints reached their first major cup final in 14 years. It was great at Wembley, they are good memories'.

The club have improved under Puel, who replaced Craig Shakespeare in October with the Foxes third from bottom. "He is just at the beginning of his career and he needs to keep working with a positive attitude".

'It's important for me to always give my best for the club and I gave my best for Southampton.

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