Vardy insists Leicester City must regain focus in Champions League pursuit
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has said that the Foxes must regain focus as they seek to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The Foxes have been in a poor run of form over the past few months and they have accumulated five points from the previous seven Premier League matches. Still, they are placed in the third position but their advantage has drastically reduced with just two points separating them from fourth-placed Chelsea.
Meanwhile, they are just five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United and could soon face the possibility of dropping out of the top four. Speaking to Sky Sports, Vardy acknowledged that the Foxes made a bright beginning to the campaign but that counts to nothing unless they are able to achieve their aim of Champions League football.
He told: “Nothing counts until you finish. We had that good start, but we’ve had a little blip. In a different year we might not be third and we’d be fighting to get back up there. To be third, it’s a good start, but we know we’ve got to finish the job off. The margins are getting closer slowly but surely. Anyone can beat anyone in every single game.”
The Foxes are scheduled to host Aston Villa at home during the forthcoming league clash. The Villains are without a win from nine league games and manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that the Foxes can take advantage and register their first victory from five top-flight matches. Jamie Vardy has missed the past two league matches with a calf problem but Rodgers has hinted that the marksman will be in contention to face Dean Smith’s side.
At one stage, Jamie Vardy was clear in the Premier League Golden Boot race with 17 goals but he has recently been caught by Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The former England international has failed to find the net since the turn of the year.