Jamie Vardy

Puel convinced Vardy can prolong career by adapting to his methods

Vardy said he was struggling to adapt to Puel’s tactics this season. Claude Puel insists Jamie Vardy‘s makeover can make him a Premier League force for years. The Frenchman has been forced to deny a rift with Vardy this season and benched him for the 3-1 defeat at Tottenham. Vardy has claimed this season that Puel’s tactics do not suit him but said he was prepared to adapt. The former England international is expected to return to the starting line up for Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace and Puel feels Vardy appreciates what he is trying to do in prolonging his career. He said: “From what I can see this week, I think he understands. He was very interested in the training session with good moves, good runs, good quality. “I would like him to continue th...

Lloris warns Tottenham improvements are needed for Dortmund clash

Hugo Lloris saved Tottenham against Leicester, but the captain knows he will not be able to repeat the feat if his side defend the same against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday. The France international kept out Jamie Vardy’s penalty, which was the striker’s first touch of the game, and made a number of other important stops as Spurs won 3-1 at Wembley. Although the scoreline suggests an easy win for Mauricio Pochettino, Leicester were well in the game and had 20 shots at goal. Hugo Lloris played a key role in Spurs’ win over Leicester on Sunday (John Walton/PA) Lloris was able to bail his side out, but the prospect of conceding so many chances against the Bundesliga leaders in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie worries him. “Leicester played in a fan...

Result: Tottenham Hotspur dig deep to see off Leicester City

Tottenham Hotspur register a 3-1 victory over a valiant Leicester City in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Wembley to close the gap on the top two in the standings. Tottenham Hotspur have maintained their Premier League title challenge with a 3-1 victory over Leicester City in Sunday’s clash at Wembley Stadium. Davinson Sanchez put Spurs ahead against the run of play, and Christian Eriksen doubled the home side’s advantage shortly after Jamie Vardy had missed a penalty for the visitors. Vardy made amends with 16 minutes left, but a last-minute goal from Son Heung-min wrapped up the win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side who close the gap on leaders Liverpool to five points. However, the visitors will take the positives from an improved performance on Sunday afternoon, d...

Puel: I have a good relationship with Vardy

The Leicester striker was filmed apparently upset Puel was speaking to Paul Pogba after the defeat to Manchester United. Leicester boss Claude Puel has dismissed suggestions of a rift with Jamie Vardy. The striker was filmed apparently upset Puel was speaking to Paul Pogba on the pitch after the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend. The footage could have been interpreted that the outburst was directed at the Frenchman. But Puel – who has confirmed Marc Albrighton is likely to miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury – insisted there are no problems with the forward. He said: “I have a good relationship with him. We know Jamie – after he lost he is angry, it’s normal for a player. “If I thought one of my players was disrespectful to me or the club there...

Result: Manchester United move into fifth place with win at Leicester City

An early goal from Marcus Rashford earns Manchester United a 1-0 win over Leicester City in Sunday’s Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium. Manchester United have continued their strong run of form with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City in Sunday’s Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium. An early goal from Marcus Rashford proved to be the difference between the two sides as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer registered his ninth win from 10 matches in all competitions since replacing Jose Mourinho. United move into fifth place in the standings ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City, while Leicester remain in 11th position despite a spirited showing. Leicester began brightly in the East Midlands with Wilfred Ndidi sending a glancing header off target, but Unite...

Preview: Liverpool vs. Leicester City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Wednesday’s Premier League meeting between leaders Liverpool and Leicester City. Premier League leaders Liverpool return to action on Wednesday evening with a home match against an out-of-form Leicester City side. The Reds have had 11 days off since beating Crystal Palace in a seven-goal thriller, having crashed out of both domestic cup competitions. Liverpool © Reuters While title rivals Manchester City were taking on Burton Albion in the EFL Cup and Burnley in the FA Cup, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp took his players to Dubai for some warm-weather training. The Reds headed into their winter break of sorts with a number of injury issues, which will not have fully cleared up for this return to top-flight action. D...

Result: Camarasa and Etheridge star in Cardiff’s win at Leicester

Victor Camarasa’s stunning stoppage-time strike earned Cardiff a vital 1-0 win at Leicester after Neil Etheridge‘s inspired display. The goalkeeper saved James Maddison‘s second-half penalty before Camarasa struck from 25 yards. Philippines international Etheridge pulled off a string of fine saves to help earn the Bluebirds a precious victory – their first away in the league this term – in their battle against the drop. Neil Etheridge saved a penalty from James Maddison as Cardiff won at Leicester (Nick Potts/PA) He denied Ricardo Pereira, Jamie Vardy and Maddison to lift Cardiff four points above the Premier League relegation zone. Leicester failed to earn a third successive win after Christmas victories over Chelsea and Manchester City. Regular penalty taker Jamie Vardy...

Puel demands another upset when Leicester face Manchester City

Claude Puel has told Leicester to go and “create another upset” against Manchester City following Saturday’s surprise win at Chelsea. The Foxes stunned Chelsea with a 1-0 Premier League win at Stamford Bridge that came courtesy of a smart Jamie Vardy finish. Puel’s men will host City on Boxing Day, facing the champions at the King Power Stadium for the second time in eight days. Leicester held Pep Guardiola’s men to a 1-1 Carabao Cup quarter-final draw before exiting on penalties on December 18 – and now Puel has demanded another battling performance. “Our last game against City was encouraging, about our mentality, about our play and possibility,” said Puel. “We lost on the lottery of penalties, we didn’t manage very well this exercise...

How Chelsea could line up against Watford

Ahead of the Boxing Day clash between Watford and Chelsea, Sports Mole looks at how Maurizio Sarri’s side could line up at Vicarage Road. Chelsea head into their Premier League encounter with Watford having suffered a surprise defeat to Leicester City at the weekend. The Blues would have expected to maintain their three-point advantage over fifth-placed Arsenal, but a Jamie Vardy goal gave the Foxes all three points at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are now 11 points adrift of leaders Liverpool, and Maurizio Sarri will be aware that his side require a win at Vicarage Road. Sarri has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the game on Boxing Day, and here Sports Mole looks at how his team could line up against the Hornets. Out: Andreas Christensen (hamstring), Victor Moses (back), Marco van...

Result: Jamie Vardy goal gives Leicester City win at Chelsea

A second-half goal from Jamie Vardy gives Leicester City a 1-0 victory against Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge. Leicester City have ended their three-game winless run with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in Saturday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Claude Puel is reportedly facing a battle to keep his job in the dugout, but a second-half goal from Jamie Vardy proved enough to earn the Foxes an impressive win. Leicester have moved into ninth position in the top-flight standings, while Chelsea remain in fourth despite suffering their first home defeat of the campaign. Chelsea almost took the lead as early as the second minute when a long ball over the top of the defence was flicked marginally wide of the post by Willian, and the home side re...

Preview: Chelsea vs. Leicester City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Leicester City. Chelsea head into their Premier League encounter with Leicester City on Saturday afternoon looking to record their third successive win in the top flight. Leicester make the trip to Stamford Bridge having dropped down to 12th position in the standings, although the Foxes remain just three points adrift of seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers. Chelsea © Reuters Chelsea are still someway short of being the finished article under Maurizio Sarri, but the Blues continue to find a way to churn out results in order to remain in the top four of the table. The defeats at Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves were a wakeup call for a side who had previously put t...

Result: Manchester City survive penalty shootout to reach EFL Cup semi-finals

Holders Manchester City reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup courtesy of a penalty shootout victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Manchester City needed a penalty shootout to overcome Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup for the second year in a row at the King Power Stadium. Almost exactly a year on from meeting at the same stage of last season’s competition, the two sides were once again forced to go the distance after Marc Albrighton had cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne‘s opener. However, a series of poor penalties was punished as Christian Fuchs, James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu all missed from the spot to allow Oleksandr Zinchenko to strike the killer blow. Holders Man City now progress through to the semi-finals of the competition as they bid...

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