Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wary of Leicester’s Jamie Vardy

Pep Guardiola is wary of the threat of Jamie Vardy as Manchester City prepare to host Leicester in a crucial clash on Monday, live on Sky Sports.

With City’s title battle going to the wire after Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Newcastle on Saturday evening, Guardiola’s side need to win at the Etihad to return to the top of the table and retain control of their destiny.

However, they face a man in fine form in Leicester striker Vardy, who has taken his goal tally for the season to 18 with 11 strikes in his last 11 games.

Guardiola has witnessed at first hand how dangerous Vardy can be when the forward claimed a hat-trick as the Foxes overpowered City 4-2 at the King Power Stadium in Guardiola’s first season in charge.

And the City boss now feels Vardy is thriving under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Guardiola said: “I think his career speaks for itself – not just the last few games – but (lately) he’s scored every single game.

“He’s done incredible in this league. He’s an incredible striker with his movement, finishing, fighting.

“I think before they were a counter-attack team but now with Brendan Rodgers they have another way to play, and they can use that and control all parts of the game.”

City will again be without Kevin De Bruyne, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury while midfielder Fernandinho is a doubt with a knee problem.

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