Despite seeing his side hold Chelsea to a creditable 0-0 draw with a numerical disadvantage for the final 20-odd minutes, Leicester City manager Claude Puel stated he was disappointed with the result as his players’ performance merited more in his opinion.
“In the end I think we deserve another result. We had a lot of chances without a clinical edge or bit of luck and it costs us two points. After the red card, a point is a good reward for the team,” Puel stated at the post-match press conference in London.
Playing away from home, the Foxes surprisingly dominated the Blues at Stamford Bridge and Puel was quick to praise his players for their efforts as he effused, “We played a fantastic game today. We produced good play, good quality and lots of chances. We built our play with good passing and combinations between our players, so there’s a little disappointment that we didn’t win”.
Match referee Mike Jones made two key decisions in the match, both which went against the visiting Foxes.
The first was when Leicester winger went down in the Chelsea penalty area after a challenge from Andreas Christensen, but the official waved on play. Most felt that Algerian went down too easily, but crucially the referee chose not to book the wideman.
The second and perhaps more contentious decision was the one to send fullback Ben Chilwell of for a shin-high challenge on Victor Moses.
Already cautioned, the defender was late and high on Moses, but the fact that it was not a malicious challenge lead many to state that he was perhaps sent off unfairly and his manager agreed with the sentiment.
“I thought the red card for Chilwell was harsh, but we managed the situation well when we had 10 men. The players worked hard to make sure we took a point,” Puel added.
The Foxes are in eighth place in the Premier League after an impressive campaign under the French tactician, who joined them in the summer, and remain in contention for the European spots.
They next take on Fleetwood Town in a FA Cup third round replay on Tuesday before hosting Watford in a Premier League tie on Saturday.