Leicester boss says he doesn’t regret letting Jamie Vardy take penalty straight after coming on as substitute in Tottenham defeat


Claude Puel insists he doesn’t regret letting Jamie Vardy take a penalty straight after coming on as a substitute during their 3-1 defeat to Tottenham.

With the game at 1-0 thanks to Davinson Sanchez’s header, the Foxes were handed a lifeline back into the game when Jan Vertonghen was adjudged to have fouled James Maddison in the box.

Vardy couldn’t get Leicester’s equaliser

And although Vardy was being readied to come on before the incident happened, the striker was hurried onto the pitch on 59 minutes to allow him to take the penalty.

However, Vardy had his effort saved by Hugo Lloris before Christian Eriksen doubled Spurs’ lead moments later.

Vardy pulled a goal back on 76 minutes but in their desperation to find an equaliser, Leicester over-committed going forward, allowing Heung-min Son to race away and seal the result with a goal in stoppage-time.

Although Leicester were guilty of missing multiple chances – with Harvey Barnes going close on a couple of occasions – the penalty was clearly a turning point in the match.

But Puel said he allowed Vardy to take the penalty with his first touch of the ball and suggested it was his side’s general lack of composure as the reason behind them losing the game.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams after the game, Puel said: “I let the possibility to Jamie to take the responsibility if he felt good.

Puel and Leicester were left to rue their missed opportunities

Puel and Leicester were left to rue their missed opportunities

“I have no regret about this. If for example we make the penalty then there’s no criticism.

“We’ve had a lot of chances to score, not just with Jamie and we didn’t find the good clinical edge.

“When we lose a game without chances then we can accept we’ve lost but when we have many chances to score we have to continue this collective performance.

“We moved the opponent a lot, we can find a lot of situations and opportunities but of course step by step we needed to find a good, clinical edge to have the fair result at the end.”

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