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Leicester vs Spurs: Vardy vows to use “aggression” to unsettle visitors

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 9:00, 21 September 2019

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy says he will continue to be his aggressive self when Tottenham Hotspur visit this weekend.

The 32-year-old marksman has started the 2019/20 season well, bagging three goals across five Premier League outings.

Vardy’s performances against the Premier League’s ‘big six’: Five key things to know…

  • This weekend sees Vardy play a 53rd match against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ clubs.
  • He’s scored 31 goals to date with Arsenal (eight goals in eight games) being his favourite opponent.
  • Not far behind are Liverpool (seven goals in nine games) and Spurs (five goals in seven games) who he’s got up next.
  • Vardy has scored the same amount of goals (four) against both Manchester sides and in the same number of games (nine).
  • Chelsea, meanwhile, have restricted him to three goals in 10 previous meetings.

He also holds a proud record against the league’s top six clubs; since debuting in the English top-flight Vardy has registered 31 across 52 matches with Arsenal being his favourite, across eight previous appearances he’s put eight past the Gunners.

Not far behind are Liverpool – seven goals in nine games – and the Foxes’ latest opponents Spurs whom the 26-time capped England international has faced on no fewer than seven previous occasions, claiming five goals in the process.

Renowned for his hustle and bustle, Vardy – who turned 32 in the summer – remains a defender’s nightmare with his constant harrying and with Mauricio Pochettino’s men nervous at the back of late, the Sheffield-born centre-forward could turn out to be a handful. And he’s not thinking about playing any other way.

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“I won’t approach it any different to how I would any game,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’ll always be making sure that I give 100 per cent. I have to be aggressive, trying to upset the defenders and hopefully I’ll win the ball back as high as possible so that we’re straight onto the attack.”

Rodgers wary of Spurs’ ‘robust’ players

A fired up Vardy often spells bad news for whoever he’s facing, but manager Brendan Rodgers believes Spurs will give a good account of themselves despite having played in Europe midweek.

Leicester go into the game with a fresh week behind them, something that cannot be said for the north Londoners, though Rodgers who admits it can be advantageous for them is not ruling out Pochettino’s boys who he considers as one of the league’s more resilient sides.

“It can help, but you have to make it happen, that’s important,” he said.

“Hopefully it happens to us here in future, that we have midweek games in Europe, and then Premier League games.

“It’s not easy, with all the travelling and the games, but they will bring a very, very top team.

“They have robust players, a good squad, where they can interchange and swap players, but we’ve had a great week’s training. We’ll finish our preparation off tomorrow and we’ll be ready.”

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