Thursday 19 July 2018

Claude Puel can understand frustration felt by Leicester supporters

Foxes fans chanted “you don’t know what you’re doing” at the manager on Saturday.

Peterborough United v Leicester City – Emirates FA Cup – Fourth Round – ABAX Stadium
Peterborough United v Leicester City – Emirates FA Cup – Fourth Round – ABAX Stadium

By Sean Taylor, Press Association Sport

Claude Puel thinks his Leicester side deserve a better finish to the season and he understands the fans’ frustration.

Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to West Ham piled more pressure on the Leicester boss, who this week received the dreaded vote of confidence from the club’s owners after winning just two of the last 11 Premier League games.

Leicester’s current five-match run without a win includes four defeats and the Foxes have not won a Premier League game at the King Power Stadium since January 20.

Some supporters turned on the manager on Saturday, singing “you don’t know what you’re doing” and jeered the Frenchman.

Puel says he understands the fans’ frustrations.

“In a difficult period we always have some negativity and blame, it is normal,” he said.

“But I want to say to our fans thank you for all their support from the beginning, since (I arrived in) October. It was a tough period in October. We found the good balance and quality to come back into the top half of the table.

“After we have had the opportunity to play for qualification for Europe next season. Perhaps that step was too high.

“After this moment, in the last games we didn’t have enough freshness in our minds to give our best and give a good reward for the fans, the owners and the players also.

“I think we deserve better than to finish in this condition with this feeling.”

Southampton’s draw with Everton which followed West Ham’s win on Saturday evening ensured the Hammers had survived relegation, with Saints still to play Swansea.

With the club safe, manager David Moyes now wants to make the team more consistent.

“We are capable of playing like that, capable of that every week and not just on the odd occasion,” he said.

“We played good football and were brave on the ball, especially in the first half. We passed the ball well and maybe if we’d been a bit more clinical in front of goal I think we might have got more goals.

“I want to build. I want a consistency. I want a team which plays at a level you’d expect. You have to be mindful that our last three games have been Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City and I think for anybody that would be a tough run of fixtures.”

Press Association

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