Puel cannot fault his Leicester players’ attitude
Frenchman likes what he sees.
Leicester boss Claude Puel remains proud of the attitude of his players during what has been a trying period for the Premier League club.
On Saturday, Riyad Mahrez scored his first goal since January’s transfer saga over his protracted move to Manchester City as Leicester earned a 1-1 home draw with Bournemouth.
The equaliser, which came seven minutes into added time, means Puel’s side have not won any of the five Premier League matches since the approach for Mahrez.
However, the Frenchman said: “This moment is tough for us as we are dropping a lot of points, especially at home, but there is a good mentality in the squad.
“It was difficult in the transfer window. I said I tried to protect (Riyad) and also the team.
“I said also he will come back with a good attitude, a positive attitude, and he has shown that. The team also has shown that. This is important.
“All the players are giving their best and I am happy about this. I am proud about Riyad and his team-mates also.
“It is good for all the squad and we have a good spirit in the team. If we keep working this way then we will get the next win.”
Bournemouth looked like they would win for the first time in a month when they led through Josh King’s first-half penalty.
Mahrez’s late equaliser was tough to swallow for Cherries boss Eddie Howe but he at least took some solace in the draw maintaining his side’s recent momentum.
“While it might not feel like it at the moment, there are a lot of positives we can take from this game into the next one. There are things we will go away and analyse and work on as well,” said Howe, whose team are six points clear of the relegation zone.
“We’ve lost only one of the last 10 games and one defeat in 10 in this league is a good achievement, although there have been a few too many draws in there from our perspective.
“There are a few of those games that we could have won but it is about keeping the momentum and keeping building and every point come the end of the season could be so valuable.”