Puel full of praise for Citizens

18 December 2017 10:45:38 EST

Leicester City head coach Claude Puel has become the latest rival to describe Manchester City as the best team in Europe at the moment.

The Foxes chief was speaking ahead of a League Cup quarter-final clash with the Citizens at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening, with the hosts hoping to rebound for a 3-0 weekend Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace.

With the ball and without the ball, they are the best at the moment.

Claude Puel

Puel told reporters: "They are the top team in Europe. It's difficult to beat them, other teams have tried but without results.

"With the ball and without the ball, they are the best at the moment. It's difficult to find a solution against them."

Meanwhile, Puel vowed to field a strong line-up, while also being aware of the need to utilise his squad to the full, with City facing a run of six games in all competitions in just over two weeks.

He added: "There is no priority, the priority is always the next game.

"We need to keep in mind all the games coming up. We need some rotation to keep good quality on the pitch - it will be the strongest players at that moment."

Defender Robert Huth and midfielder Matty James have both returned to training, but neither are ready to face the Citizens on Tuesday.

Runaway Premier League leaders Man City claimed a 2-0 league win in the East Midlands earlier this season, with Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne their goalscorers.

Leicester are 11/4 to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup and are 18/1 to beat the visitors in a penalty shootout, while the Foxes are 1212/1 to win the competition for a fourth time.

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