Pep Guardiola raves about 'exceptional' Leicester star

Pep Guardiola the head coach

Leicester City welcome Premier League rivals Manchester City to the King Power on Saturday - can Jamie Vardy stun Pep again?

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring to make it 1-4 during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Leicester City at Villa Park on December 8, 2019 in Birmingham,...

Pep Guardiola has labelled Leicester striker Jamie Vardy ‘one of the best strikers I’ve ever seen’ ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City, speaking to Sky Sports (21 February, 1.30pm).

Since a former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager arrived on English shores in 2016, no player has scored more goals against his Man City side than The Foxes’ spiky-haired rascal of a number nine.

Heading into an intriguing battle between two top-three sides at the King Power Stadium, however, Vardy is in the midst of his worst goal drought in three years, having failed to find the back of the net in his last eight games after a spell on the sidelines.

 

But Guardiola will not be leaving anything to chance as he prepares to come up against his old nemesis once more.

“Because we play 40 metres in front (of our goal) and it's perfect for him,” the Catalan coach said when asked why the jet-heeled Vardy has such a fine record against City.

Pep Guardiola the manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at Etihad Stadium on February 19, 2020 in Manchester,...

“In the box, in the final third, he is exceptional. He is one of the best strikers I’ve ever seen. Movement, intensity, high pressing; he’s an exceptional player.”

Vardy, still the Premier League’s top scorer with 17 goals to his name, was barely given a kick last time out in Friday’s 0-0 bore draw at Wolves.

But while Nuno Espirito Santo’s side sat very deep to deny space to one of the division’s quickest strikers, the proud and principled Guardiola is unlikely to adopt similarly defensive tactics. Don’t rule out Vardy ending his drought this weekend.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City shoots at goal under pressure from Orjan Nyland of Aston Villa  during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Leicester City and Aston Villa at The King...

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