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Claude Puel helps Southampton forge thrilling new identity | Paul Doyle

The Frenchman only took charge in the summer but Claude Puel has already shown his ability at nurturing youth and producing exciting football

When Manchester City take the field on Sunday they will be watched by an extremely demanding manager who is demonstrating this season why he has a reputation for cultivating an attractive style of play, improving young players and making contentious decisions. Claude Puel is no Pep Guardiola but Southampton are finding the Frenchman has a way of working that takes some getting used to. And it could bring fresh success.

Ronald Koeman, like Mauricio Pochettino before him, seemed to think he had squeezed as much juice as any manager could get out of Southampton, a club that continually sells its best players. Southampton have a knack for renewing and advancing, and their appointment of Puel in the summer looks typically shrewd.

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