Claudio Ranieri has given his Leicester City players a tasty incentive to shut out Stoke City on Saturday.
The likeable Italian, who took charge at the King Power Stadium in the summer, revealed to the press that he has promised to treat his squad to pizza when they keep their first clean sheet of the season.
The unbeaten and exciting Foxes have been the Premier League’s surprise package so far this season, winning three and drawing two of their opening five games to occupy second in the table.
Victory over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium would take them to within a point of Manchester City, but one thing missing from Leicester’s promising start to the campaign has been a clean sheet.
Their slight defensive frailties mean that a lot is being asked of attackers Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who inspired a 3-2 comeback win against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
There were plenty of sceptics when Ranieri was appointed as manager of the Midlands outfit in July, as The Guardian reports, but he has taken the momentum built by Nigel Pearson and ran with it.
Leicester won seven of their final nine games of last season to avoid relegation. No Premier League team has accumulated more than their 33 points since April 2015 – only Man City have won as many.
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