Leicester thrash Saints as Puel proves point

Leicester thrash Saints as Puel proves point

Shane Long was frozen out by Claude Puel when he was in charge of Southampton What is the team news?

Mauricio Pellegrino has no fresh injury concerns for the midweek clash but the game is expected to be too soon for Cedric Soares (hamstring).

Last season Puel led Saints to 8th spot, a League Cup final, and a memorable Europa League victory over Inter Milan, however his style of play was deemed too tiresome and negative, costing him his job at St Mary's.

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.

Southampton continued to be pressed back as Leicester dominated the opening half hour and Okazaki saw his attempt cleared off the line before Jamie Vardy was kept out from point-blank range.

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Elsewhere, Christian Fuchs should come in to replace Ben Chilwell at the left-back position, as Puel aims to rotate his side.

But Okazaki made it a comprehensive victory with his second of the night as Vardy squared the ball across goal after a counter attack shredded the Saints defence.

Leicester quickly killed any delusions of a Saints recovery with another clinical strike.

Leicester boss Claude Puel said: "I said before the game, my feeling was always to keep chasing for positive results when I was at Southampton. I think if they play games with the Under-23s, time will tell". Also, with games against inter Milan home and away, we took 8,000 fans for the journey. Of course, it's a good thing, to win away and with quality in the game against a good team, and to start this game with fantastic intensity was good. It was a great introduction to the Premier League and perhaps allowed me to become a better manager. "It was important to maintain the performance and it was a good result at half-time but we came back again".

"Other people decided to make comments about our play, about results or other things", he said. Star man Riyad Mahrez has been involved in seven goals in his last nine league games so looks set to be one of the first names on the team sheet. "Everything (went wrong). I'll say sorry to the fans, because you can lose, but not in this way".

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