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Puel defends Maddison sub decision

4th February 2019, 11:05 by Craig Smithson

Claude Puel felt it was right to put Rachid Ghezzal on in place of James Maddison during Leicester's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

The Foxes boss sparked fury among the home fans at King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon as he opted to replace Maddison during the second half with the team chasing an equaliser.

Maddison, who joined from Norwich in the summer and has scored five goals in 23 league appearances this term, is a popular figure with the fans and they clearly felt he should have stayed on the pitch.

However, Puel spoke out afterwards to insist that Ghezzal was the right man to step off the bench and he urged the fans to back the Algeria international.

He said: "We have possibilities on the bench also and Rachid needs good support from the fans.

"He's a fantastic player with the ball, he can make the difference.

"He has fantastic free-kicks and he can give the right pass and good assists. We have to find a solution, and from the bench a player can bring their quality. It's normal."

Speaking about the game, which was Leicester's third defeat in four, Puel added: "It's a big shame. [There was] a lot of disappointment at the end.

"We started the game with poor performance, without intensity. It was a shame.

"United also didn't start very well but we didn't take our responsibility enough in this moment. We played without the intention to play forwards.

"It's a disappointment because we showed the quality sometimes and when we push we can hurt them. Too many times we concede goals early like this and afterwards it's too difficult to come back into the game."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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