How Leicester players and fans lost faith in Claude Puel

How Leicester players and fans lost faith in Claude Puel

Demarai Gray said: “We talked about it [the poor starts] on Friday and before the game, but we have done the same thing again and put ourselves under pressure. We can only work on it. It is game management and decision making.” 

Training sessions are also said to lack intensity and can be long and laborious, with some players not even being properly utilised.

The focus must also be on the players, too, for throwing away the game at Molineux. After recovering a two-goal deficit, and then clawing it back to 3-3, Leicester should have seen the game out or even “run down the clock”. Perhaps the determination to chase a win was admirable, but it also left huge holes for Wolves to expose.

How to use Vardy

Jamie Vardy is Leicester’s leading scorer with seven Premier League goals and remains the talisman, despite the club spending over £80m on strikers since the title win. 

Last month he admitted Puel’s style of play is not suited to his strengths and, on Saturday, it was another hugely frustrating afternoon. Vardy was even running back into his own half to tackle Wolves players in the second half. The days of Danny Drinkwater’s long ball over the top may be gone, but Leicester’s slow possession-based approach often leaves Vardy totally out of the game. 

When Leicester revert to a counter-attacking style, and when opposition teams are not sitting back, Vardy is far more effective. He retired from England duty to focus on his club football but this campaign is proving difficult. 

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