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20:00 25th February 2016

by Ben Mouncer

Nickname: The Foxes
Manager: Claudio Ranieri
2014-15: 14th
Ground: The King Power Stadium

Claudio Ranieri says 'managing the pressure' is key for his title-chasing side as they prepare for this weekend's visit of the Canaries.

"I told my players that it will be a big battle on Saturday. It will be harder than against Arsenal," outlined the veteran Italian manager at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.

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"They’ll (Norwich) want to be close and go on the counter, but they have great players who can really play football. We must be focused.

"We want to grow and stay at a high level. Now, we have to manage the pressure and have the confidence. It’s new for us."

N'Golo Kante, a revelation for the Foxes, leads the Premier League individual stats tables for both tackles and interceptions.

Yet prior to this season, the combative midfielder was an unknown name to most football fans in this country.

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After being rejected by a number of teams in France as a youngster, Kante eventually forced his way into Boulogne's team - a second tier French side - in 2012.

His performances for Caen in their promotion-winning campaign last year earned him a transfer to England in August for a reported fee of £5.6m.

Arsenal needed a last-gasp winner to edge the highly-anticipated between the two teams a fortnight ago at the Emirates Stadium.

As Leicester had done when they lost 5-2 to the Gunners earlier in the campaign, they went ahead when Jamie Vardy scored from the penalty spot just before half-time.
Theo Walcott set up a dramatic finale with his equaliser on 70 minutes soon after Foxes full-back Danny Simpson had been dismissed for a second bookable offence.

It was Danny Welbeck, playing in his first competitive match for ten months, who popped up with the vital goal deep into stoppage time, hauling Arsene Wenger's team to within two points of the Premier League leaders.

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel, Ben Hamer, Mark Schwarzer.

Defenders: Wes Morgan (c), Robert Huth, Danny Simpson, Marcin Wasilewski, Christian Fuchs, Ben Chilwell.

Midfielders: Danny Drinkwater, Matty James, Andy King, Marc Albrighton, Daniel Amartey, N'Golo Kante, Jeff Schlupp, Demarai Gray, Nathan Dyer, Rihad Mahrez, Gokhan Inler.

Attackers: Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, Leonardo Ulloa.

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