Leicester Citys 4-2 defeat is an unfair reflection of performance, says Claude Puel

Leicester Citys 4-2 defeat is an unfair reflection of performance, says Claude Puel

Leicester City manager Leucester City coach Claude Puel said his team's 2-2 draw at Bournemouth was not a fitting reflection of the game.

City were 3-0 down at half-time when Ryan Fraser scored twice and Josh King converted a penalty.

City captain Wes Morgan was sent off for a second bookable offensive in the second half before Adam Smith took the lead 4-0.

In the last few minutes, James Maddison converted a penalty and substitute Marc Albrighton headed home, and Puel said in his post-match press conference that the result was not a fitting expression of his team's performance.

Here is his press conference in full.

Q: A bad day in the office, Claude?

CP: "It was a tough afternoon, it was strange, I think, I think it was not a nice thought, because for the first time at the beginning of the season we made a good start, it was a good balance between the balls and quality on that place.

"It was good aggressiveness, we had the first chances to score, but in two counterattacks, we conceded two goals, it was tough."

"The third goal just before half time was a tough one [Ricardo Pereira was penalised for handball], It was hard after that.

"We know this team and their quality, on the counterattack and attack, they have a good intensity in their game, we know their qualities."

"I appreciate our attitude and mentality in the second half in this state and with 10 men to keep attacking and keeping a positive attitude, we scored two goals in the end and I think it's important for our mentality, all that good things done since the beginning of the season, and with a good mentality to prepare for the next game to correct the defensive aspect.

"It's a shame because we had a good chance against a good team and it will be important for this game to be an accident."

Q: What do you need to do to prevent it from happening again?

CP: "We will see, we will analyze this situation.

"For example, we conceded a goal after scoring our chances, maybe we did not have the right balance in a counterattack to get the ball back, we'll see together, there are always details in the defensive aspect and we need to correct." ,

"When I talk about the defense, it means the whole team, not just the defenders, we'll see.

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan shields the ball from Bournemouth striker Josh King
Leicester City captain Wes Morgan shields the ball from Bournemouth striker Josh King

"Maybe we have some focus in some defensive situations and of course we have to fix everything together.

"We have to keep going in our game and in our mentality and, of course, to prevent those goals that we have admitted, because of course it's a handicap for us."

Question: Did Wes Morgan deserve to be sent off the field?

CP: "I think we also had a difficult decision against us, the first foul for me is from the opponent, he hit Wes and he got his first yellow in that situation."

"After thinking that he tried to get the ball back and touch the ball, I think it was a good aggression in this situation, but it's no excuse.

"It was a tough decision against a good team and many things did not go our way, we need to fix everything together and it will be important to find the solution together because I think it's a shame."

Question: Was Harry Maguire happy to stay in the field in the first half?

CP: "Yeah, the yellow card is too difficult, I do not like talking about the decision because it's over, but I think the Maddison foul near the box might have earned something else.

"But we have some decision and a lack of focus on us, not enough concentration, I think.

"Perhaps it was difficult to prepare for this game after 15 days break and the international players returned just one day before the match.

Leicester City center-back Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire discuss referee Craig Pawson
Leicester City center-back Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire discuss referee Craig Pawson

"We had 13 players away, but we know the difficulty, and we'll have to fix that next time, for the next international break.

"I think in some situations we did not have enough concentration and concentration to prevent the goals, it's a pity our attitude and our game in the first half were interesting."

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