Instant Reactions - Southampton v Leicester (13/12/17)
Following today's clash between Southampton and Leicester City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Southampton hosted Leicester City for a 7.45pm kick off on Wednesday December 13, with the visitors taking a comfortable four one victory at St Mary's Stadium.
Former Southampton manager Claude Puel saw his Leicester side take a three nil advantage in the first half with goals from Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki and Andy King, but the hosts did find a consolation through Maya Yoshida. Even as a consolation it counted for little as Okazaki completed his brace in the second half.
Forster, Soares, van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu (Gabbiadini 45), Lemina, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 83), Davis, Boufal (Redmond 62), Austin.
Stephens, Long, McCarthy, Hojbjerg.
Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Ndidi, King, Mahrez (Albrighton 72), Okazaki, Chilwell (Ulloa 83), Vardy (Gray 72).
Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, Iborra.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Chris Kavanagh blew the final whistle, Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino explained.
'It was a really bad game from the beginning to the end. After conceding the first goal they were getting better and little by little our confidence went down. We gave the ball away all the time. For me it is a bit about concentration, not being 100% focused and at this level you cannot be giving this advantage. It was an awful day and that is the reality. In the Premier League there are a group of teams where the gap is four or five points and we have to fight. Obviously we have the same feelings as the supporters. Three days before we played a good game but in football in three days everything changes. We need to react now.'
Leicester City manager Claude Puel in his comparitive interview explained.
'The result is the result. It is a good feeling to come back here. It was nice to see familiar faces. I have a lot of friends. I appreciated the staff and players. My team is the most important thing. I am proud of my players because we gave a fantastic game. It was important to maintain the performance and it was a good result at half-time but we came back again. If we have the ability to maintain the good results with changes it will be good for the future. It is still the first part of the season and the Premier League is difficult every week. All is not perfect, we still need to correct things and make progress.'