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Bielsa says Leeds not making special plans to stop Vardy

Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v Leicester City - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - October 25, 2020 Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring their first goal Pool via REUTERS/Catherine Ivill/Files

(Reuters) - Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is well aware of the threat posed by Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy but said he will not make wholesale changes to his system to thwart the striker in Monday’s Premier League meeting.

Leeds head into the game against Leicester seeking their fourth win of the league campaign but face a potentially tricky test at home with Vardy in fine form, netting six goals from five league games, including the winner at Arsenal last time out.

“They’re a team who manage the ball well and have the spirit to attack. Vardy’s a very good player who scores lots of goals and he’s very quick,” Bielsa told reporters on Friday.

“Of course we take into account all the characteristics of the opponents’ attackers but there won’t be any particular change with that in mind. They’re a team who have been playing the same style of football for some time now.

“All the teams in the Premier League are at a high level and they present to you similar challenges. There are some teams who are above the rest, but the rest in general are all difficult to face.”

Leeds skipper Liam Cooper is available for selection after shaking off a groin problem, but Diego Llorente (groin) and Kalvin Phillips (shoulder) will miss out through injury.

Bielsa’s side are seventh in the table with 10 points from six matches, while Leicester are two places above them with two points more.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard

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