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Puel brushes aside talk of pressure to focus on City clash

London (AFP) – Leicester City manager Claude Puel said on Monday he does not feel under pressure despite his side’s poor run which has seen them win just once in their last six Premier League games.

The 57-year-old Frenchman — whose side’s 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday left them only 10 points above the relegation places — could get a much-needed boost if the Foxes beat title holders Manchester City in their League Cup quarter-final clash on Tuesday.

Puel and his team are on a mission to avenge last season’s defeat by City on penalties at the same stage.  

“No. Why?” responded Puel when asked if he felt under pressure.

“It’s not time to speak about Premier League games, we will see after the game against Chelsea (on Saturday).

“This is another challenge.

“We need to take this game without pressure but with a strong feeling to do our best to win.

“We will have opportunities tomorrow if we play with intensity and fighting spirit.”

Puel will be without two key defenders full-back Ben Chilwell, who has a knee injury, and experienced Northern Irish central defender Jonny Evans, who is suspended.

Daniel Amartey is out until next year with a broken ankle while fellow midfielders Vicente Iborra and Adrien Silva could make rare starts.

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