Leicester City striker and Football Writers Association player of the year Jamie Vardy, is expected to start against high-flying Chelsea today.

The player recently celebrated the birth of his son this week.  This is his second child with his wife Rebekah, and according to his manager, Claudio Ranieri, he has performed well in training despite not playing a competitive match since December 17th.

His manager said, “He’s very happy. He has five now. I ask him what want to do in future, be a manager and have 11? He says he’s stopped now! He is ready to play.”

On Chelsea, he said, “They started not so well but after a few matches Conte understood the team and the players. It was an amazing achievement to win 13 games in a row. Then they lost to Spurs. I expect a strong reaction from them. They are old champions and they want to make up for defeat. We are ready to fight.

“I am a sporting man I want the best to win the title but of course if I had to give someone the title, why not Chelsea?”

Italian Managers very Tactical

Should Conte’s Chelsea side win the Premier League then he would become the fourth Italian manager to do so.  Conte would join Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti, and Robert Mancini.

Ranieri continued, “The Italian managers are very tactical and have intelligence to understand other types of football.

“Fifteen years ago no Italian managers went around the world, now others are getting experience and giving experience. I think that’s good.”

Vardy Hoping to Recapture Form

Jamie Vardy was sent off in his last game against Stoke last month.  The striker turned 30 last week.

So far Leicester City has not been able to recapture the form that saw them lift the Premier League title last year.