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Ranieri tells Vardy to stay calm

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is urging striker Jamie Vardy to keep his cool as the player is in a goalscoring drought.

Vardy, 29, finished tied for second in the scoring race last season with 24 league goals in 36 appearances. This campaign, the Sheffield native has only found the back of the net three times in 11 appearances in all competitions. Ranieri is telling Vardy to just stay calm and that the slump will end.

“Jamie is a goalscorer and all the goalscorers in the world have good periods and bad periods,” Ranieri said.

“It’s important for him to stay calm and, sooner or later, he will start to score again. He is still working hard for the team.”

The reigning champions sit in 11th place coming into their fixture against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. The Foxes haven’t lost at home since 2015, and Ranieri feels like his side is on the right track after a shaky start to the season.

“We are getting better,” Ranieri said. “But it’s not only the defenders; all the team now is better, with the fighting spirit of the squad.

“We improve because it is not only the defenders, but everybody. It comes from the philosophy that when you lose the ball, you must get it back.

“Now we want to stop conceding goals. This is the base to improve your place in the table. Don’t concede and sooner or later you score and can win.

“For us, it is important to keep going in this movement. We want to improve our table position, so this match against West Brom is a match that we must win or try to win.”

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