Despite three games without a win, Claude Puel’s tenure at Leicester City is looking pretty good so far.
The manager is getting his squad in order and after the upcoming match against Tottenham, Leicester have a run of winnable fixtures until a tough Christmas period sees the Foxes face Manchester City and Manchester United in successive matches.
When Puel left Southampton his reputation in France wasn’t tarnished one bit. The blame was put on peculiarities at the English club, issues in the dressing room, and unrealistic expectations from fans who had seen a series of Southampton’s best players sold.
Puel’s case has been somewhat backed up by Mauricio Pellegrino’s stuttering season, which came to a rare high against hapless, and increasingly hopeless, Everton on Sunday.
Jean-Michel Seri has been speaking to Le Parisien over the weekend, and the Nice midfielder wanted to share his admiration for Puel, who left the French club in 2016.
Asked to compare Lucien Favre and the now Leicester City manager, Seri said: “Claude Puel taught me to never give up. He made me gain in consistency. The two men are together in their high standards.”
Given Seri almost moved to Barcelona in the summer, he knows he has a lot to thank Puel for.
Does this mean the midfielder could give up his La Liga dreams and go to Leicester instead next summer? Probably not, but Seri is another player happy to praise Puel for having a big impact on his career.