Date: 30th October 2017 at 11:22am
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New Leicester City manager Claude Puel has hailed the side’s ‘fantastic attitude’ after he picked up his first three points against Everton this weekend.

Hosting Everton at the King Power Stadium this weekend as he took charge of his first match following his appointment as Craig Shakespeare’s replacement, goals from Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray gave us all three points on the day as we moved into eleventh place in the table, picking up a third straight win across all competitions.

Speaking to lcfc.com as he met with the media following the game, a delighted Puel explained.

‘Of course it is very good to start with a good result. I was impressed to see my players with quality in the first half with the ball. It was very interesting to see this. They tried to play good football. The first goal is fantastic and I like this. In the second half it was more difficult because some of the players were tired. It was difficult to keep the same intensity. We played a good team in Everton and they tried to get back into the game. But we there was some solid work from the players in the second half with a fantastic attitude. We had a good structure and the character was fantastic.’

With a less familiar 4231 as his first pick for the game, he also made seven changes from the League Cup victory over Leeds and Puel went on to say.

‘I discussed this with my assistant Michael Appleton. Also I know Gray for example from England Under-21s. I like this player and I took my responsibility with the feeling I could help but it was important to make this decision to help us tactically. We put in place a new system and these players listened a lot. It was important to keep them with this concentration and confidence from the last game, winning as against Swansea and Leeds. It was important to keep this good work. It was chance to bring in some information without disturbing them.’

He went on to add.

‘Of course when you choose the starting line-up it is difficult. We tried something about a feeling, about a balance for the team. I know Shinji Okazaki scored last week. Marc Albrighton has played well also and he was a starting player. But it was important to see all the team and other players. I was interested to see the attitude of the players because they had a good spirit, a good attitude and worked hard without showing some frustration. This is very important for the squad for the future.’

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