Chelsea's Antonio Conte: Leicester's Jamie Vardy a 'clever,' dangerous player

Chelsea's Antonio Conte: Leicester's Jamie Vardy a 'clever,' dangerous player
From ESPN - March 17, 2018

Antonio Conte said he is wary of Leicester City and Jamie Vardy as Chelsea bid to reach the FA Cup semifinals.

The competition represents Chelsea's final trophy chance following their Champions League exit at Barcelona on Wednesday.

When asked if Chelsea would pay any particular attention to Vardy, Conte said the plans were to "try to defend well."

Vardy has scored six goals in his last eight games in all competitions and scored his 16th goal of the season in a win away against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

"For sure, we all know the characteristics about Vardy," Conte said. "He's a clever player. He's very good to attack the space, to find the right time to attack the space. Also, [we must] pay attention to [Shinji] Okazaki."

Chelsea and Leicester played to a goalless draw in the Premier League in January.

"I think we are talking about a team that two years ago won the title," Conte said. "In the squad there are many players with good qualities, talented players. They want to fight a lot. In the game we played at home we suffered a lot. They put a lot of pressure, run a lot.

"Also, they have players [who are] very dangerous. We must pay great attention for this risk."

Chelsea reached the FA Cup final a year ago, losing to Arsenal, and Conte wants to go to Wembley Stadium once more.


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