Leicester City manager Claude Puel has acknowledged it will be a tough task to go to Newcastle United tomorrow afternoon and win the match.
Speaking to the club website, the Frenchman highlighted the Magpies’ defensive solidarity and the atmosphere created by the St James’ Park crowd as difficulties his players must overcome.
The Foxes go into the match on the back of Tuesday’s penalty shootout victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup.
Their previous Premier League match was a convincing 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town and Peul will be hoping to capitalise on that momentum.
Speaking about Saturday’s opponents, Puel said:
My feeling is when we play in the stadium [St James’ Park], it’s a fantastic stadium with 55,000 fans behind their team, it’s a big atmosphere and it’s always tough.
After, we know it’s a solid team. Since the beginning of the season, they didn’t concede a lot of goals, they’re strong together with good pressing and it’s difficult to play against them. With a fantastic spirit, they win battles. I’m sure we will play a tough game against this team and against these players.
Newcastle themselves are yet to win a match this season and have a meagre two points to their name from draws with Cardiff City and Crystal Palace.
Rafael Benitez’s men will be hoping to kickstart their season with a victory over Leicester tomorrow.