Puel piles pressure on Chelsea

17 March 2018 23:50:11 GMTPlus11

Chelsea will be under pressure to succeed when they head to Leicester City for an FA Cup showdown, that's the view of Foxes head coach Claude Puel.

The Londoners were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek by Barcelona, leaving the FA Cup as their only potential trophy this season.

The pressure is on Chelsea. It is the last chance for them to win a trophy.

Claude Puel

And Puel hopes that that situation might just work in his side's favour when they enjoy home comforts at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The Frenchman told reporters: "Yes the pressure is on Chelsea. It is the last chance for them to win a trophy. I think for us it is not just a normal game also.

"The players wait for these games with desire and without pressure because this team (Chelsea) is favourite, but we have good attributes also and we can cause them problems."

"It is a good opportunity at home, a chance to see perhaps the semi-finals.

"For Chelsea it is the same, the last opportunity to win something this season. It is a good challenge, an exciting challenge to play a big team in our stadium in front of our fans."

Meanwhile, Puel has high hopes that England striker Jamie Vardy can cause the Chelsea defence plenty of problems, having scored six goals in his last eight games.

He added: "I hope he can cause Chelsea problems. He is a great player. He likes to give positive opportunities for the team by playing behind the lines.

"He fights always and it is always difficult to defend against him because he has this fighting spirit to win battles and make good runs."

Vardy is available at 2.75 to score at any time against Chelsea and is 6.50 to score the first goal of the game, with Leicester priced at 13.00 to claim a 2-1 victory in 90 minutes.

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