Puel explains Vardy’s omission from Leicester XI at Wembley

Nestor Watach
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Claude Puel, Manager of Leicester City reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Leicester boss Claude Puel has explained why he left Jamie Vardy out of Leicester’s starting line-up as they lost 3-1 to Tottenham at Wembley.

The visitors had plenty of chances to score more, including a penalty to make it 1-1, but Hugo Lloris denied Vardy, who missed a penalty with his first touch after being substituted on.

“I think it’s difficult. Lot of regrets,” Puel told Sky Sports after the match. “It was a game in our hands and we had a lot of chances and created a lot of good moves. We didn’t find the good finish.

“We had all the opportunities to win the game. It’s encouraging to play this way and put this quality on the pitch. But there are regrets after all these chances.”

Vardy was brought on as a substitute just after James Maddison was fouled by Jan Vertonghen, and his first contribution was to miss the resulting penalty.

“I said to Jamie Vardy he can take the penalty,” continued Puel. “All the game we had a lot of chances.

“I was happy with the performance of Demarai Gray. I also liked to see the other option of Jamie too. Today we needed to have another option, not just Jamie.”