Claude Puel – Foxes can rise to cup challenge

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Claude Puel believes Leicester are more than capable of beating Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

The Foxes head into the contest having lost just one of their last six matches in all competitions, against Crystal Palace in the Premier League last time out, while they were beaten by City at the King Power Stadium just over a month ago. That victory for the Citizens is part of their current 34-match unbeaten domestic run and Puel knows his side will face a tough task against the team he regards as the best in Europe currently.

He said: “We play a fantastic team, for me the top team in Europe. You know the difficulty to beat this team. All the teams try, but without the good result at the end.” However, the Frenchman is confident his side can end the Manchester club’s unbeaten run and he has called on the supporters at the King Power Stadium to play their part during Tuesday’s contest.

“I think it’s a good opportunity, a strong challenge for us to try to beat them. It’s a special and unique game because it’s a quarter-final,” Puel added. “I think with the support of our fans we can make a fortress of the King Power Stadium.”

Leicester have not reached the semi-finals of the League Cup since they last won the competition in 2000.

They are priced at 6.50 to end that run by beating Man City, who are available 1.44, while the draw is on offer at 4.75.

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