Having only made it into the Burnley team due to Tom Heaton's shoulder injury earlier this season, Pope has held onto his position even with the club captain back fit, and his performances earned him a maiden worldwide call-up for recent friendlies against Netherlands and Italy, where he was an unused sub.
Burnley are now red-hot favourites to claim seventh spot in the Premier League after beating their nearest rivals Leicester 2-1 at Turf Moor to open up a nine-point gap with only five games left.
The 26-year-old spent two and a half seasons with Leicester between January 2013 and the summer of 2015, when a lack of games prompted him to leave for Leeds, meaning he missed out on the Foxes' remarkable Premier League title the following season.
The Foxes are eighth in the table and trail Burnley, who sit seventh, by six points ahead of the clash between the two teams at Turf Moor. "He is a good player and he has the confidence of all his team mates", Puel said. It looked unlikely they would offer much of a contest after Chris Wood and Kevin Long scored in the first nine minutes.
"I think so, yes", he said. "Step by step we will improve but sometimes of course it's not the game we'd like to play". It is hard because we lose our run for the Europa League but congratulations to Burnley.
"It's important to correct those parts of our play but we are not for the moment doing enough to have good consistency in our play, its normal".
"It's hard to accept but, I repeat, Burnley deserve it".
"We're ambitious, we'll try to finish well this season off course. We want to finish strong for the fans".