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Spider-Man Vardy has raised Foxes spirits, says Puel

Puel has been criticised by fans for Leicester’s style of play.

Claude Puel wants to be Leicester’s hero after Jamie Vardy’s superhuman effort to raise the Foxes’ spirits.

The manager has been under pressure from the club’s fans over the team’s style and disappointing home results.

Vardy was filmed jumping out at Puel from behind a hedge on Thursday and spent 10 minutes at training dressed as Spiderman before getting changed.

The striker lifted the mood after Leicester were booed of the pitch following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton.

They go to Wolves on Saturday and Puel, who won the Ligue 1 title at Monaco and took Lyon to the Champions League semi final in 2010, wants a connection with the Foxes’ supporters.

“Sometimes when we had good results previously, fans put me on the internet in different superhero costumes,” he said.

“Not for the moment with Leicester City fans, I hope it will come. It would be a good feeling.

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Claude Puel hopes he can be Leicester’s hero (Adam Davy/PA)

“I appreciate it a lot, it is good – Spiderman was a great feeling. It’s important like Spiderman we keep concentration and focus.

“And keep a good atmosphere between us and around us. It is important to find a smile.

“Football is a game and we need to enjoy training sessions and games.”

Puel also was an interested observer after Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted to spying on Derby – and every other team in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Frenchman has been on the wrong end of spying but feels Bielsa can be misunderstood.

He said: “In Monaco we had a quarry and they put a pitch in and, when we played in the Champions League, three or four people tried to follow our training session. At Lyon it was the same.

“It was a difficulty because it’s not just about the style of the team, all the opponents knows your style, it’s about your preparation because you can change some organisation and the players.

“I know him (Bielsa) a little bit. He is a fantastic manager, he managed two clubs in France. He is very interesting because all the details are important for him.

“He tries to play his own game and style, we can have a different feeling but I appreciate his work, the man and he is another special man.”

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