Thursday 20 June 2019

Puel defends plan

RESOLVE: Claude Puel. Photo credit: Mark Kerton/PA Wire
RESOLVE: Claude Puel. Photo credit: Mark Kerton/PA Wire

Leicester boss Claude Puel will stick with a four-man defence against Huddersfield today despite calls from Foxes fans to switch to a back three.

Since last weekend's 4-2 defeat at Bournemouth, radio phone-ins and fan forums have been inundated with supporters suggesting playing with three central defenders.

Leicester were vulnerable to the counter-attack against the Cherries as attacking full-backs Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell went forward with no cover, leaving Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire exposed. But Puel insists he will stick to his guns and not make decisions based solely on that defeat.

He said: "If I change the system defensively just to find a good solidity, we could lose all the good aspects from the offensive play.

"With four at the back, we can drive the play. I want to keep our quality and possibility to attack.''

Puel had suggested that Maguire could be set for a rest, but that is now unlikely with Morgan serving a one-match ban after being sent off against Bournemouth.

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