Jamie Vardy is a “fantastic horse” and N’Golo Kante has batteries in his shorts, according to Claudio Ranieri.
The Leicester pair have been two of the main inspirations behind a remarkable season at the King Power Stadium, with Ranieri leading the Foxes to a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with six games to go.
Vardy has scored 19 Premier League goals this season, sitting second in the stakes behind only Harry Kane, while Kante has made more tackles and interceptions than every single player in the top five leagues in Europe combined.
After saying that Vardy was “not a footballer” but “a fantastic horse”, Ranieri added: “He has a need to be free out there on the pitch. I say to him, ‘You are free to move however you want, but you must help us when we lose the ball. That’s all I ask of you. If you start to press the opposition, all of your team-mates will follow you.’
“Perhaps you have heard their names now,” Ranieri added, speaking to The Players’ Tribune website. “Players who were considered too small or too slow for other big clubs. N’Golo Kante. Jamie Vardy. Wes Morgan. Danny Drinkwater. Riyad Mahrez.
“When I arrived, my first day of training and I saw the quality of these players, I knew how good they could be.
“This player Kante, he was running so hard (in training) that I thought he must have a pack full of batteries hidden in his shorts.”
The Italian said that he had told the newly-capped France international: “‘One day, I’m going to see you cross the ball, and then finish the cross with a header yourself.'”