Puel says players are distracted

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Maybe they have the World Cup on their mind

Claude Puel has spoken following the 5-0 defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday, and is putting the blame on the players.

Leicester we embarrassed by the London club on Saturday

The Foxes were handed a heavy defeat while Palace had their biggest ever win in the Premier League.

This leaves Puel with just four wins in 18 league games and a mass of pressure on the Frenchman.

Claude Puel was speaking to the Guardian

“I took over this club in a difficult situation, 14th in the table,” Puel said. “I try to give more opportunities to players to give a good response. But, at the end of the season, of course we have some difficulties to finish with a good concentration, a good focus.

“I know it’s difficult and perhaps the players have the World Cup in their heads or different things. My only concern is my team and my squad. We deserved the last result and it is important to correct this. There remains three important games for us: West Ham, Arsenal, Tottenham. Two great teams to finish and West Ham, also, at home. We need a strong reaction, to try together to give a good response.”

Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire was asked if the team are behind the manager and he insists this is the case and admits the players were in the wrong.

“Yes, definitely. He puts us out in shape. At the end of the day it’s 11 players that go on the pitch to perform, and the 11 who went out on Saturday didn’t perform.”

City were not at the races on Saturday and Jamie Vardy offered an apology to all Foxes fans

vardy7 I would personally like to apologise for yesterday’s shambolic performance! It wasn’t and isn’t acceptable for us to lose in that way EVER! Thank you to all the travelling fans who supported us. You deserved better

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