No pressure as Leicester just enjoying the ride, says cool Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy has refused to put any title pressure on Leicester ahead of their trip to rivals Arsenal.

The Foxes’ 18-goal top scorer says they must ignore the hype surrounding their shock challenge for the Premier League. Leicester are top of the table by five points and go to the Gunners on Sunday having beaten Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday.

Arsenal are third, level on points with Tottenham, but despite Leicester’s lead Vardy believes they have to stay calm. “We’re just enjoying it aren’t we? We’re just enjoying the ride,” the England striker said.

“If you start thinking about it too much it’s going to affect you, it’s as simple as that. We’ll just continue to do exactly the same thing we’ve done all season.

“They’re (Arsenal) up there, we’re up there, (Manchester) City are, Tottenham, Manchester United might be 10 points adrift but the way this season’s going those 10 points can be picked up quickly.

“We’ll just take every game as it comes, knuckle down and hopefully keep picking points up,” he said.

Claudio Ranieri’s side have lost just twice in the league all season, once to Arsenal when they went down 5-2 in September, and Vardy knows the challenge they face this weekend.

He said: “No doubt it will be tough (against Arsenal), we know the players they’ve got are worldclass but although we lost 5-2 when we played them last time we did show we can hurt them.

“It’ll be a matter of us tightening up a bit defensively which, as we’ve seen, we’ve kept a lot of clean sheets recently. It’s going to be a good, entertaining game,” he said.

Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil are the bookies’ favourites to win the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year award.

Ozil’s Arsenal team-mate Tomas Rosicky says Ozil has always been a special talent because he never tries to force the final ball.

“Mesut was always a special talent and you could see that when he arrived here,” he said. “He was out for some time last season so he couldn’t find his rhythm, but now, after playing since the start of the season, everyone here can see [how big a talent he is].

“Him and Alexis are the game changers. Both of them have the strength to win games, so it’s vital for the team’s title chances that they perform well.

“The best thing I like about Mesut is that he’s not forcing the final passes. We all know he has a great final ball but you can see that he only plays it when the game gives him that opportunity.

“If it’s not there he’s not forcing it and he’s combining with other team-mates instead.”


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