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James Vardy has refused to put any
title pressure on Leicester ahead of
their trip to rivals Arsenal.
The Foxes' 18-goal top scorer insists
they must ignore the hype surrounding
their shock challenge for the Barclays
Leicester are top of the table by five
points and go to the Gunners on Sunday
having beaten Manchester City 3-1 on
Arsenal are third, level on points with
Tottenham, but despite Leicester's lead
Vardy believes they have to stay calm.
"We're just enjoying it aren't we?
We're just enjoying the ride," said the
England striker, speaking at a Fifa 16
"If you start thinking about it too
much it's going to affect you, it's as
simple as that.
"We'll just continue to do exactly
the same thing we've done all season.
"They're (Arsenal) up there, we're
up there, (Manchester) City are, Tot-
tenham, Manchester United might be
10 points adrift but the way this season's
going those 10 points can be picked up
"We'll just take every game as it
comes, knuckle down and hopefully
keep picking points up."
Claudio Ranieri's side have lost just
twice in the league all season, once to
Arsenal when they went down 5-2 in
September, and Vardy knows the chal-
lenge they face this weekend.
He said: "No doubt it will be tough
(against Arsenal), we know the players
they've got are world class but although
we lost 5-2 when we played them last
time we did show that we can hurt
them. "I think it'll be a matter of us
tightening up a bit defensively which,
as we've seen, we've kept a lot of clean
"It's going to be a good, entertaining
Michael Carrick has stressed Man-
chester United are "not giving any-
thing up" despite the disappointment
of Sunday s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.
United had looked set to chalk up a
third straight win in all competitions
before Diego Costa's late equaliser sal-
vaged a point for the Blues at Stamford
That result left the Red Devils six
points behind fourth-placed Manches-
ter City and 12 behind leaders Leicester
in the Barclays Premier League, and
they are out of the Champions League.
United midfielder Carrick said:
"There is plenty to play for this month
and of course plenty of points to play
for in the league.
"We're not giving anything up just
"I think Sunday was a big day for
us in terms of the league situation. If
we'd have gone there and got a win
we'd have been in good shape, but it
wasn't to be and it makes things harder
"It's hard to take, losing two points
so late on. I know we were under pres-
sure for the last 10 or 15 minutes but
to lose a goal like that is disappointing
and that's the overall feeling.
"I thought we played well and pro-
duced some really good football. We
looked dangerous going forward and
defended well for most of the game.
We just didn't do the right things at
the right time near the end and see the
"We have to battle on though, keep
going and play something like we have
been doing over the last few weeks and
then see where that takes us."
Two players who have particularly
shone in United's recent improvement
are forwards Anthony Martial and
Martial, 20, is in his first season with
the club and the France international
has no doubt he is benefiting from
working alongside Rooney, the 30-year-
old captain who has been at United
"It's always nice, it allows me to keep
improving and also to feel more relaxed
when playing alongside him," Martial
"When you see someone like Rooney,
you feel that bit more confident."
Carrick says Man U not giving up
PARIS---Europe s top football
clubs insist they have no plans
to set up a breakaway Super
League of elite teams to replace
the Champions League.
"We are not designing anything
at the moment," European Club
Association vice chairman Umber-
to Gandini said after a meeting
attended by 143 members yester-
The ECA's own leaders have
helped fueled recent speculation
of a breakaway from the UEFA-
run Champions League or giving
guaranteed entries to some big
clubs who do not qualify on merit.
The uncertainty comes as the
clubs prepare for talks with UEFA
about changing the Champions
League and Europa League entry
rules and competition formats for
the 2018-2021 seasons.
Gandini said there will be a
process of "six to nine months"
to agree to any changes before
UEFA begins selling commercial
rights for those seasons.
The process begins while UEFA's
president, Michel Platini, is sus-
pended and general secretary
Gianni Infantino is travelling
worldwide to campaign for the
Fifa presidential election on Feb.
26. Though Infantino met with
the ECA yesterday, Lyon president
Jean-Michel Aulas acknowledged
that UEFA's situation "mostly
brings uncertainty" for the clubs.
"Our contact points are not
continually present as it was
before. It goes without saying it
is a trying time for us," said Aulas,
who expressed support for fellow
Frenchman Platini's appeal against
an eight-year ban by Fifa.
The Champions League has
been a big commercial success,
with UEFA sharing 1.257 billion
euros ($1.4 billion) among clubs
for each of the next three seasons.
However, mainstays like AC
Milan, Inter Milan and Manchester
United---who all won a title in the
past decade---have each missed
out in at least one recent season
and are currently outside qualifying
places."There are a lot of conver-
sations going on," Edwin van der
Sar, an ECA board member and
chief executive at Ajax, told the
The Super League talk has flared
while Van der Sar's former club,
Manchester United, looks up in
the Premier League standings at
surprise leader Leicester City---just
the type of smaller club which
would be excluded by a closed
While European clubs are open
to changing the Champions
League, they want the World Cup
to remain the same as a 32-team
The ECA restated its opposition
Tuesday to the 40-team tourna-
ment proposed by Infantino, which
would take 184 more players away
from their clubs for at least one
month on national-team duty.
Despite this difference with
Infantino, the ECA gave its support
to his campaign in the five-can-
didate election, and demanded an
"active and constructive role" for
clubs in future Fifa decisions. (AP)
European clubs play down talk of Super League
the ride ---Vardy
James Vardy keeps picking up points for Leicester.
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