Claude Puel and Wes Morgan have both been reflecting on a ‘harsh’ defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Leicester City hosted Antonio Conte’s side at the King Power Stadium on Sunday with them taking the lead via Alvaro Morata in the first half. Jamie Vardy did level matters to send the game into Extra Time but they found the winner through Pedro.
Speaking to lcfc.com as he met with the media for his post game press conference, a disappointed Claude Puel felt we had enough chances in the extra time period to have taken the win ourselves.
‘Of course, I am frustrated because it was a big game, a fantastic game for us I think against a good team. We played well in the first half with good tempo and intensity, but it was end-to-end and we didn`t have enough control of the game. We conceded the first goal just before the break and it was a shame because we had played well in the first half. Perhaps we can commit a little foul at the start of the move, with a little more maturity and experience. We could have managed the goal better but we came back well in the second half with more control of the game.’
He went on to add.
‘We pushed this team to concede more situations and chances than they created. We came back into the game with Jamie`s goal. We were unlucky with the second goal also. It was a big disappointment because my feeling is we played very well today, with a good level on the pitch, with quality against a good team. We deserved a different result. We lost in extra time, it is harsh for my squad because they gave their best, like the fans. We didn`t have the good reward at the end.’
Puel did point however how proud he was of the squad for the performance they put in, and despite the defeat he felt the players would take the positives from the showing once they got over the initial disappointment of going out of the cup.
As for Morgan, his own post game interviews were similar in tone and the 34 year old explained.
‘We`re very disappointed, it was a big game for us and we wanted to progress. We gave it a very good go and we felt like we were the better team over the whole period of the game, but it wasn`t meant to be. All the lads in the dressing room are very disappointed that we didn`t progress to the next round, but at the same time, we can be proud of ourselves for the effort that we put in.’
‘We felt we were getting stronger and stronger. We were creating some good chances and we were getting in some good positions on the pitch. We felt the goal we conceded was against the run of play. It was a great finish from Morata, you can`t take that away from him. It was a bit of a downer but credit to the boys at half-time. We knew how well we did in the first half and we just wanted to continue the good work and we got the goal back.’
Ending his interview, Morgan was also quick to praise the efforts of the fans for their support across the game.
‘They were absolutely fantastic. They were cheering us on throughout the whole game. They were so loud and they felt the grand occasion as well. It was fantastic support from the fans and we were just disappointed we didn`t get the win for them to take them to Wembley.’