Trio React To Southampton Win
Leicester City manager Claude Puel, Andy King and Harry Maguire have been giving their thoughts following the comfortable victory over Southampton in midweek.
Heading to St Mary's Stadium and his former club Southampton on Wednesday evening, Puel oversaw a comfortable four one victory with a brace from Shinji Okazaki and further goals from Riyad Mahrez and King to seal our fourth straight win.
Speaking to lcfc.com following the game, he explained.
'It`s a good thing to win away with quality against a good team. It was important to start with fantastic intensity. The first half was really positive with fantastic play and fantastic goals. It was important in the second half to keep this level and prevent the opponent from coming back into the game. Perhaps at the beginning of the second half we tried to manage the game a little by keeping the ball in our half of the pitch. It was key then to play forward and score another goal with Shinji Okazaki. It was a good game but we want to try to continue this work.'
'It was a strange feeling to come back here and it was nice to see familiar faces. I kept a good relationship with players and staff but for me it was important to keep my concentration on Leicester City.'
With Okazaki stealing the show with his brace, Puel went on to say.
'I`m happy with Shinji. The other players like Shinji too because he always gives his best. He scored two goals tonight and it`s fantastic for him, but I`m happy for all the players. We made some changes and at the start of a busy period, it`s important to keep players fresh. To get a good performance was great and we want to continue this level.'
King focused in on the overall performance of the side.
'It`s massively satisfying for us to come to Southampton because we`ve struggled here in recent years, so to put in a performance like that and win by that scoreline was unbelievable. It just shows the confidence that`s flowing through the camp at the moment. In all honesty, maybe we could have and should have scored more tonight, especially in the first half. The chances we created were brilliant and to win 4-1, we`re delighted. We`re enjoying our football at the moment and you can see that with all the positive results that we`ve had. We want to try and keep the momentum going and the quicker the games come for us the better at the moment.'
King went on to add.
'Shinji was brilliant tonight and, for him to score two, everyone was delighted because he works so hard for the team. Sometimes that doesn`t get seen. Obviously, there was a massive save from Kasper as well when we really needed it. The top goalkeepers stay concentrated in the game and they may only need to make one save - he did that tonight and that`s brilliant. It kept us that cushion and he`s a top, top 'keeper and he`s shown that for a number of years.'
Maguire ended by saying in his own interview that momentum remained key.
'It`s hard to put our finger on it. Confidence among the boys has really picked up, you obviously get confidence from winning four games on the bounce. We go into every game thinking we can get the three points. We`ll take this performance into Saturday against Crystal Palace and we`ll try and make it five on the bounce.'
'At the time when Claude came in, we were struggling to score goals. Now, as a defender, you know if you keep a clean sheet, we`re going to create chances and score goals. It`s looking good but it`s early on in the season and we`re going to try picking up points.'