Cape Town - Claude Puel was admirably restrained after his impressive Leicester City
side thrashed Southampton 4-1 at St Mary's but the away supporters
could not help themselves.
"Are you glad you sacked Puel?" Leicester's fans chanted at their
disgruntled hosts who might now be questioning the wisdom of sacking the
Frenchman at the end of last season and replacing him with Mauricio
Puel took Southampton to eighth in the Premier League last season and
led them to the League Cup final where they were unfortunate to lose to
Yet he was deemed surplus to requirements.
Since returning to the Premier League to replace Craig Shakespeare in
October he has continued quietly going about his business, taking
Leicester up to eighth spot.
Riyad Mahrez, who opened the scoring on Wednesday, is suddenly looking
like the player who was voted Footballer of the Year in Leicester's
title-winning campaign two years ago.
Shinji Okazaki, another key to Leicester's title surge, also struck
twice on the south coast as Leicester made it four consecutive league
Since Puel took charge only leaders Manchester City (21) and Burnley
(18) have won more points in the Premier League than his Leicester side
who have banked 17 in that period.
It was the first time they scored four on the road in the Premier League since a 4-4 draw at Tottenham 13 years ago.
Puel, however, was keeping it low-key, perhaps one of the reasons he never truly won over the Southampton fans.
"It was a strange feeling to come back here and it was nice to see familiar faces," Puel told reporters.
"I kept a good relationship with players and staff but for me it was important to keep my concentration on Leicester City.
"I am proud of my players because we gave a fantastic game. It was
important to maintain the performance and it was a good result at
halftime but we came back again."
With Andy King putting Leicester 3-0 ahead before halftime boos rang around the stadium from the home fans.
"It was a really bad game from the beginning to the end," Pellegrino
said. "After conceding the first goal they were getting better and
little by little our confidence went down.
"It was an awful day and that is the reality."