'Not a good memory': Puel still haunted by Southampton close call

Claude Puel, Manager of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Leicester City boss is still gutted by Southampton's cup final defeat.

Claude Puel, Manager of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Claude Puel continues his efforts this evening to reach a second cup final in successive seasons as a manager.

Leicester City face a tough challenge as they host Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

Puel led Southampton to Wembley last season, where they were beaten 3-2 by a Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired Manchester United.

The Frenchman has told The Telegraph he does not remember the day fondly.

Leicester City's French manager Claude Puel shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester...

Puel said: "It was not a good memory. I think it was for us a fantastic final with quality. Perhaps we deserved another result at the end of course with the goal ruled out,” he said.

"We came into the game after 2-0 to 2-2 and the third goal was difficult to accept at the end.

"Now we have the chance with Leicester to reach the semi-final and that is our only focus."

Claude Puel, Manager of Leicester City shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Leicester City at Bet365 Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Stoke on...

Winning the cup final could have changed everything for Puel, as his Southampton side lost form and momentum after the defeat.

The way the end of the season panned out ended up costing Puel his job, but he has bounced back well at Leicester, even leading a 4-1 win at St Mary's last week.

The Foxes are heavy underdogs ahead of facing Manchester City, and will have to play much better than they did on Saturday against Crystal Palace.

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