Monday 19 August 2019

Claudio Ranieri wants his Leicester side to remain on their guard

Claudio Ranieri has lost just one league game as Leicester boss this season.
Claudio Ranieri has lost just one league game as Leicester boss this season.

Boss Claudio Ranieri has warned Leicester they could be walking into a trap ahead of their games with the big boys.

The Foxes have shocked the Barclays Premier League this season and could go top if they win at Newcastle on Saturday.

If Arsenal also drop points at West Brom, victory will take Leicester top before current leaders Manchester City face Liverpool in the late kick-off.

They are third, just a point behind City, but are set to face them, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea before the end of the year a nd Ranieri is wary before they reach his pre-season target of 40 points.

"We know every match is a trap," he said.

"I know there will be some matches when we don't take a point but maybe the next we'll take a point. We are looking for 15 points and we are fighting for these 15 points. After, maybe we can change our minds.

"I want to understand this team. We have played 12 matches and after January we can speak more clearly about Leicester."

Jamie Vardy will equal Ruud van Nistelrooy's Barclays Premier League record if he recovers from a hip injury to score in a 10th straight game, with Van Nistelrooy having set the record while at Manchester United in 2003.

Vardy broke into the England squad in the summer and Ranieri wants Danny Drinkwater and Marc Albrighton to follow him.

Manchester United rookie Jesse Lingard and Tottenham's Ryan Mason were squad replacements for Tuesday's win over France after Vardy, Michael Carrick and Fabian Delph dropped out injured.

Mason has started just four league matches compared to Lingard's one while midfielders Drinkwater and Albrighton have played in every Foxes game a nd Ranieri wants the pair to get recognition.

"I hope so because if these two players like Drinkwater and Albrighton can follow him (Vardy) it means Leicester are at the top," he added.

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