Branislav Ivanovic has revealed he would be happy to do all it takes to prevent Jamie Vardy from adding to his impressive goal tally as Leicester prepare to face Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.
Claudio Ranieri’s side can return to the top of the Premier League table on Monday night with victory over the Blues, who are now just a point above the relegation zone following the weekend’s results.
Jose Mourinho’s side are one of only two sides to beat the Foxes since late March, but that 3-1 victory towards the end of last season now seems light years away – a perception Ivanovic is keen to put right.
Vardy has scored 14 Premier League goals this season to unexpectedly fire his side to the forefront of the title race, and when questioned over whether he would kick Leicester’s in-form danger man in order to achieve three points, Ivanovic said he was more than willing to bend the rules.
‘If this helps, yes,’ the Serbian said. ‘Some of the strikers don’t like it when you kick them. You kill their confidence.
‘Vardy at the moment is running a lot and is making the space for other players as well. They are confident. I think it will be very hard.’
Chelsea are 21 points worse off than at this stage last campaign, while Leicester are a staggering 22 points better off after 15 games this term heading into Monday’s encounter.