Will Madders celebrate if he notches against Canaries?
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Norwich City must brace for the ‘wrath’ of Champions League-chasing Leicester City, warns old boy James Maddison.
The England international has been a key figure in the Foxes' eight-match Premier League winning surge, and Maddison insists there can be no let up against the Canaries ahead of his first reunion on Saturday.
City have lost their last two top flight games, but a trip to the East Midlands is as tough as it gets on current form.
"It's unbelievable to play in this side," said Maddison, who scored in Leicester's recent 9-0 romp at Southampton. "We've got such a good balance, a really top manager in Brendan Rodgers and he's got the team playing how he wants at the minute and we're not going to stop, we're going to keep going and hopefully Norwich feel the wrath of that.
"When I say great balance I mean in terms of what we've got in the squad with youth, experience, pace, know how, ball winners, creativity.
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"When you've got that and a world class striker in Jamie Vardy you've always got a chance.
"There's no complacency here. No let up in training. That's important because we're winning and we've got that winning feeling. We've got the taste in our mouth. So at the start of every game we just want to go and run all over teams. It's not a case of we have won eight in a row we can stroll about today. It's the opposite."
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Maddison retains a soft spot for his former club and still has plenty of friends in Daniel Farke's ranks. Whether that extends to a non-celebration or not if he gets on the scoresheet remains to be seen.
"I haven't given that any thought. My job is to help my team win the game. To score is a bonus and to do that in the Premier League is the best feeling in the world," he said. "From now on I have to treat Norwich like any other team. Focus on the strengths and weaknesses, not that I am playing against lads I know. These are just Premier League players.
"I speak to the lads and even Daniel. I speak to him a lot over text and stuff. There might be texts every week sometimes. I have some very close friends with a lot of players who are there.
"They're always congratulating me on doing well, and vice versa, and I am the first one to send them a text. I won't be ignoring any text messages but I don't think I'm going to be overly nice this week.
"I have to take that emotional element out of it."