Puel stops short of Keita praise
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lille boss Claude Puel has stopped short of singling out Abul Kader Keita for praise.
Lille boss Claude Puel stopped short of singling out Abul Kader Keita for praise after the Ivorian helped inspire the French side to a 3-1 victory over AEK Athens in the UEFA Champions League.
Keita provided two assists on Tuesday night as Lille moved into second in Group H, with only Italian giants Milan beating their total of five points from the opening three games.
Even though Keita was an inspirational figure against the Greek outfit, Puel attempted to put his player's performance within the context of a fine all-round display from his side.
"Keita is a player that can bring us a lot when there is a good team around him and if everyone raises his level in the game," said Puel.
"That was the case tonight [Tuesday].
"His team-mates fought to attack which allowed him to be decisive.
"I want to set all the players on the same level because that success rewards everyone's work."
Puel has also noted a profound improvement in his team's attacking form this season, after last year's campaign that saw them score just once in six group games.
"I notice we have already scored four goals in three Champions League matches," Puel continued.
"It is not that bad compared to last season, that proves we have been able to find a solution in attack."