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Claude Puel press conference “Newcastle United have a fantastic stadium with 55,000 people and a big atmosphere”

7 months ago
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Claude Puel has been speaking to the media on Thursday afternoon.

Leicester City head to Newcastle in ninth place, having won three and lost three so far.

The Foxes boss is a happy man as despite making eight changes, Tuesday night saw his team travel to Wolves and win 3-1 on penalties after extra time in their League Cup match.

In that game Demarai Gray picked up an injury, Claude Puel confirming he will miss the Newcastle match, with Matty James the only other Leicester player not available.

The Leicester boss says Newcastle have a ‘Fantastic stadium with 55,000 people and a big atmosphere.’

A slight exaggeration there on the capacity and if we are honest, the atmosphere hasn’t been great this season, as tough opposition have led  a lot of defending.

Hopefully Saturday can be a turning point for NUFC both on the pitch and terraces, even if there are a few less inside St James Park than Claude Puel is expecting…

After a goalless draw with Wolves on Tuesday (Leicester made eight changes) in the League Cup, eventually going through on penalties, Puel is encouraging his side to always look to attack, saying ‘Possession is nothing without chances and without playing forwards.’

Leicester though are still relatively decent so far with 11 goals in six PL games, having scored in every match.

However, they meet a Newcastle team who have conceded only eight goals, only two clubs outside the top five have conceded less than NUFC.

Claude Puel:

“Newcastle United have a fantastic stadium with 55,000 people and a big atmosphere.

“They don’t concede a lot of goals, are tough to play against and win battles.

“Possession is nothing without chances and without playing forwards.

“First half against Huddersfield there was not enough.

“We need to play less laterally and more like our second half with more desire to play forward (Despite dominating possession, it was only in the last quarter of the game that Leicester beat Huddersfield(3-1)).

“I think we have three fantastic goalkeepers.

“Kasper [Schmeichel] finished in the top three in the world [which was a] great reward for him.

“We knew the quality of Danny [Ward] before he arrived and we were happy with this performance (in League Cup win over Wolves).

“Demarai Gray will be out of the squad for between three weeks and six weeks, then we shall see if he can recover quick.

“It’s not a serious injury, he needs rest and rehabilitation.

“He is not available for us for three weeks, minimum.

(Asked how Leicester will travel to Newcastle after the team bus was delayed on the way to Wolves):

“We will walk or cycle. It will be better!

“I think we will fly. We were late to Wolves but we won. No excuses.”

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