Mahrez reception pleases Puel

17 February 2018 21:22:15 GMTPlus11

Leicester City boss Claude Puel was delighted to see forward Riyad Mahrez play a big part in helping the Foxes reach the sixth round of the FA Cup.

Mahrez came close to leaving the club just before the transfer window slammed shut at the end of January and missed a couple of games due to the fallout from that situation.

The most important thing was to win the game.

Claude Puel

However, he returned as a substitute in the 5-1 Premier League thrashing by Manchester City last weekend and started on Friday evening as City edged out Sheffield United 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.

And, having seen Mahrez have a hand in the only goal of the game scored by Jamie Vardy, Puel said after a hard-fought win over the Blades: "It's behind us. Riyad came back with high quality and it is a good feeling for us of course.

"It was good support from the fans to Riyad and important to remain a good feeling for the future.

"I said before it was important to remain united after this situation, but it was good in the end to see the good feeling.

"The most important thing was to win the game and to see again Jamie and Riyad play together is a good feeling. Riyad was a little frustrated at the end of the game because he wanted to score, but that is good."

The Foxes are now just three wins away from finally getting their hands on the FA Cup, having previously lost in the final on four occasions.

Leicester are 1213.00 to lift the FA Cup, with Chelsea available at 2.62 and Manchester City 1213.00.

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