On the back of a home loss to Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town travel to Leicester this Saturday.
The fixture presents Town coach David Wagner with an ideal opportunity to get three points before they face a tough run that contains games against Tottenham and Liverpool.
The visitors will have help from the fact that their hosts have significant defensive worries, with Wes Morgan being sent off against Bournemouth and Harry Maguire having little rest this summer due to his involvement with the England side that got to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia.
Speaking on this, manager Claude Puel said:
“Yes. It is a reflection of mine about this.
“It is my responsibility to try to find a good balance about this. Not just a good balance about the different attributes of each player but the balance their tiredness, their desire and their freshness.
“Perhaps some players did not have enough freshness and concentration because they were little tired with their travels.”
“It is not an excuse but I think we lacked some concentration, focus, desire and the mentality, but the positive attitude was always present here.
“It is my responsibility to look perhaps at different players if they are tired but the player wants to play all the time of course. I need to have a good mind and think about this. This is my responsibility.”
Away from the game this weekend, Huddersfield fans have been talking about the lack of quality in the final third letting them down, which was evidenced by their frustrating draw to Cardiff City and loss last weekend to Crystal Palace.
Chairman David Hoyle recently commented on the club’s situation and how he’s backing David Wagner.
“Even if we have a bad season, which I don’t expect us to do, David will still be the manager.
“If we are relegated he would 100% be the manager next season.
“My firm belief is that if we have a bad season and with 10 games to go we change managers, then what is that going to do?
“All it is going to do is maybe give you a bit of a bounce. Look at Stoke last season, they did that and they did not get that bounce.
“Continuity and consistency will give you rewards over a longer period and David is a top manager who has performed miracles. He deserves to be rewarded for what he has done for Huddersfield Town.”
He added: “David is very good at is drawing a line in the sand and forgetting what has gone behind us and focusing on what is in front of us,” he said.
“We got a really good point at Everton and it was really good to watch. That bodes well and we’re getting back to what we know we are, which is a very good team.”
“I don’t think I can get better than what we have now.”
Both teams are coming off bad defeats and they’ll both be looking to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. The key thing for Town is to obviously convert the possession they have into goals but one thing they should be wary of is Leicester’s new star player, James Maddison, and the through balls he’ll be looking to play to veteran striker Jamie Vardy which we have already seen several times this campaign.
A win here would be ideal for Town. A draw would be okay. A loss would no doubt leave them with low morale ahead of a difficult clash with Spurs the following weekend.
Probable Leicester City Starting XI: Kaspar Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, Wilfred Ndidi, Nampalys Mendy, Demarai Gray, James Maddison, Rachid Ghezzal Jamie Vardy.
Substitutes: Danny Ward, Iborra, Christian Fuchs, Daniel Amartey, Marc Albrighton, Danny Simpson.
Probable Huddersfield Starting XI: Jonas Lossl, Mathias Jorgensen, Christopher Schindler, Terence Kongolo, Florent Hadergjonaj, Aaron Mooy, Phillip Billing, Chris Lowe, Elias Kachunga, Steve Mounie, Rajiv van La Parra.
Substitutes: Ben Hamer, Tom Smith, Alex Pritchard, Daniel Williams, Isaac Mbenza, Adama Diakhaby, Laurent Depoitre.