Ranieri: Leicester have a ‘new Vardy’ for title fight

Date published: Wednesday 3rd February 2016 8:48

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri hailed Jamie Vardy’s wonder goal against Liverpool and insisted he was back to his best.

The striker scored a brilliant opener from 30 yards to sink the Reds before sealing the victory with his 18th goal of the season to clinch a 2-0 win and keep the Foxes top of the Barclays Premier League.

He is in talks to extend his Leicester deal until 2019 and Ranieri was in awe of his striker’s first goal, where his half volley flew past Simon Mignolet after Riyad Mahrez’s long ball.

Vardy ended a seven-game goal drought against Stoke last time out and had minor groin surgery in January but Ranieri believes he has rediscovered top form.

He said: “It’s incredible what Vardy did. He watched the ball, watched the opponent and watched the keeper. It’s amazing, fantastic. This opened the match.

“Now he is refreshed, a new Vardy, he pressed a lot, worked very hard and scored a goal.”

It set up a mammoth game at Manchester City on Saturday with Leicester still three points ahead of second-placed City.

“On Saturday we have to run, run and run a lot,” Ranieri said.

“It’s important to see my players fight and try to win. We know sooner or later we’ll lose a match but it’s important how we lose. If there is a great goal, well done, but we have to fight. If Manchester City fight more than us, well done to them.”

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