Leicester City defender speaks ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash vs Chelsea

Leicester City defender Ricardo Pereira was full of praise for Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side but remains confident ahead of Saturday’s clash.

Having finished in the top six in the last two seasons, the Foxes now sit 12th in the Premier League table.

They are 11 points behind the league leaders and their next opponents, Chelsea.

The Blues have only had one league defeat so far, against Manchester City, and are on an eight-match unbeaten run.

Ricardo is clearly aware that they have an uphill task this weekend but also highlighted that they have proved that they have already beat Tuchel‘s Chelsea team before.


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“We know it’s going to be very tough,” the Portugal international told Leicester City’s official matchday magazine.

“They are showing great qualities this year and deservedly sit at the top of the league.

“Chelsea are always a difficult team to play, but especially at the moment with the momentum and quality they have.

“They have good players, a top coach, and we’ll have to be at our very best to get the win.

“We focus on ourselves. If we’re at our best, then we have a great chance of winning.

“We’ve beaten Chelsea before, so we know we have the ability. We always look at our opposition, and this game is no different, but it’s so important to focus on ourselves.

“We’ll be going into the game with a positive mindset.”

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Chelsea suffered a defeat against Leicester City in the FA Cup final back in May, before getting their revenge in a Premier League match three days later.

The west London outfit has got more consistent, though, and as Pereira pointed out, Chelsea will also have the momentum on their side.

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