English Premiership

Pep admits Vardy concern ahead of Leicester clash

Brendan Rodgers and Jamie Vardy (Getty Images)
Brendan Rodgers and Jamie Vardy (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Pep Guardiola is wary of the threat of Jamie Vardy as Manchester City prepare to host Leicester City in a crucial clash on Monday.

With City's title battle with Liverpool going to the wire, Guardiola's men need to beat the Foxes at the Etihad Stadium to return to the top of the Premier League and retain control of their destiny.

They face a man in fine form in Foxes striker Vardy, who has taken his goal tally for the season to 18 with 11 strikes in his last 11 games. Guardiola has also witnessed at first-hand how dangerous Vardy can be.

The former England forward claimed a hat-trick when Leicester overpowered City 4-2 at the King Power Stadium in Guardiola's first season in England in December 2016.

The City boss now feels Vardy is thriving under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Guardiola said: "I think his career speaks for itself - not just the last few games - but (lately) he's scored every single game.

"He's done incredible in this league. He's an incredible striker with his movement, finishing, fighting.

"I think before they were a counter-attack team but now with Brendan Rodgers they have another way to play, and they can use that and control all parts of the game."

Fixtures
Mon 06 Jul 20 21:00 PM (SAST)
Tottenham Hotspur
Everton
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tue 07 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Crystal Palace
Chelsea
Selhurst Park
Tue 07 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Watford
Norwich City
Vicarage Road
Results
Sun 05 Jul 20
Southampton 1
Manchester City 0
Sun 05 Jul 20
Liverpool 2
Aston Villa 0
Sun 05 Jul 20
Newcastle United 2
West Ham United 2
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
33
29
89
2. Manchester City
33
21
66
3. Leicester City
33
17
58
4. Chelsea
33
17
57