Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes the squad were caught out after famously winning the Premier League title and reckons it’s his job to fix it
The Foxes stunned English football by claiming a shock Premier League title in the 2015/16 campaign in fairytale fashion after finishing 14th the previous season.
However, Leicester struggled greatly afterwards and dismissed manager Claudio Ranieri just nine months after their shock triumph in February 2017.
Now Puel revealed that Leicester are still adapting from their title win ahead of their showdown with Ranieri’s Fulham tonight.
“It was a fantastic job from the team, staff and all the club,” said Puel, according to Sports Mole.
“It came right because all the things were in the right place. It was spirit, a journey.
“I had experience too when I was managing Lille, we went from 14th one season, and the season after, with the same squad and little experience, we finished second behind Lyon.
“Then we played in the Champions League with Manchester United. We made a fantastic journey over two or three seasons.
“The most difficult thing for me was to follow, continue in this way. It’s something we could not prepare for.
“I think Leicester could not prepare for what followed next. It was not normal to win the title like this.
“Now it’s my job to put in place the structure, step by step, the squad is improving and finding again the possibility to compete with the good clubs.
“Once is a success, afterwards it’s difficult for people because they think it’s easy to win like that.
“No, it’s a lot of work to prepare, the feeling for Leicester was fantastic, but afterwards it’s very difficult to manage that situation
“No-one is prepared for what follows.”
The Fulham-Leicester match will begin at 20:45 (CET) at Craven Cottage.