Ranieri Compares Vardy To Van Basten, Fears Man City

Ranieri Compares Vardy To Van Basten, Fears Man City

The form of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has seen him compared to some great strikers in football and his club manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday waded into the comparison between his star man and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero whom his defence will face on Saturday.

Ranieri in his press conference ahead of the clash against City was asked about the strikers' comparison.

"Sergio Aguero, every year. Jamie just one. I hope he does it next season, next season, next season for us.

"Jamie is playing very well and he links very well with his team-mates but he must improve. Sergio Aguero is a guarantee. Every season. Boom. 

"For Jamie, this is a first time. I hope he can continue next season, then the next season, then the next season," Ranieri said

Vardy's exploits in front of goal this season – he has 18 Premier League goals – have been pivotal to Leicester's surprise title challenge.

Asked if there was any progress with Vardy's new contract which expires in 2018, the Italian said:

"I don't ask. He trains well every day and this is okay. This is normal, the strikers in every team earn more."

Both Vardy and Aguero were on target again in midweek as Leicester maintained their three-point cushion over City at the Premier League summit.

Ranieri also insists that  Vardy's wonder strike against Liverpool on Tuesday ranks alongside Marco van Basten's stunning volley for Holland against Russia in the 1988 European Championship final.

 "It's incredible what Vardy did. He watched the ball, watched the opponent and watched the keeper. It's amazing, fantastic.

"I can put him with Van Basten when he makes a fantastic goal. I don't know if you watched (Francesco) Totti when he scored against Sampdoria (in 2006). They are amazing goals."

The former Chelsea manager still considers his team as the underdogs despite their impressive run which has made many to tip them for the title.

"The others are the favourites, not Leicester. "We are still the underdogs. Who will win? The strongest team.

"Manchester City are built to win the title and fight for the Champions League. I think the Champions League is their main objective, and I hope they can win.

"Our fans continue to dream, and that is what we want.

"We know it will be another tough match (at Man City). But from now, to the end, there will only be tough matches.

"Now there is a battle for the title, Europe, and relegation. The window is closed, everyone is improved. I am relaxed because we are having a very good season."