Leicester City manager, Claude Puel has no regrets in allowing Jamie Vardy to take a crucial penalty right after coming on as a substitute in the 3-1 loss against Tottenham Hotspur even if it ended up costing his side.
It Sunday’s matchup at the Wembley, Spurs took the lead through Davinson Sanchez’s header on the 33rd minute. Leicester had a chance to equalise when Jan Vertonghen fouled James Maddison inside the Tottenham box.
Vardy was being readied to come on as a substitute but when the referee blew his whistle for the penalty decision, the striker was hurried onto the pitch to take the spot kick. Hugo Lloris ended up denying the England international and Christian Eriksen doubled Spurs’ lead 4 minutes later.
While Vardy did make amends by scoring one, Tottenham managed to take advantage of Leicester’s desperation for an equaliser and ended the tie for good through Heung-min Son’s injury-time goal.
After the match, Puel told talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams, “I let the possibility to Jamie to take the responsibility if he felt good. 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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