Date: 30th March 2017 at 8:24pm
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Goalkeeper Lee Grant has warned is Stoke City team mates that we will be facing a rejuvenated Leicester City this weekend.

Stoke make the trip to the Premier League holders to face them on Saturday at the King Power Stadium and following the departure of Claudio Ranieri, they have now won four on the trot including another Champions League tie and Grant knows it will be a tough match with their recent turn in form.

Speaking to the Official Website as he met with the media to preview the game, the former Derby County stopper explained.

‘I think it`s fair to say they`ve got a bit of confidence back in recent weeks. They`ve had their difficulties this season which have been well documented, but they`ve managed to put together a strong run of form. Their key players are performing well for them and it will definitely be a difficult test for us going there this weekend.’

He added.

‘They`ve undoubtedly got good players, you don`t win the Premier League with a team that isn`t talented, and good players will always stay good players and they`re showing that now. Personally, I think they`ve got the quality to finish higher up in the league than where they are now and it`s up to us to go there and hopefully upset their run.’

The aim of course will be all three points though and Grant knows a good result this weekend increases our chances of a solid top half finish this year – hopefully besting 9th.

‘That has to be the aim for us. As a squad, the manager has laid out some clear objectives for us to try and achieve this year and it`s up to us to try and strive for those. Obviously, we`re now relying on a little bit of luck in terms of the teams above us that are performing consistently and picking up points. There`s plenty on offer for us this season, there are enough points there for us to achieve our targets and we need to fulfil our end of the bargain and finish the season strongly because I think we`re more than capable of finishing higher than 9th spot.’

With it being Grant’s debut year in the Premier League, keeping nine clean sheets in the process, he’s obviously enjoyed the year and with Jack Butland returning to fitness he’s not going to give up the shirt easily.

‘It`s a challenge I`m really looking forward too actually. There aren`t many English Premier League goalkeepers that are playing regularly, and at the moment I`m very proud to be one of those. I want to continue my record; I`ve kept a lot of clean sheets this year – another achievement I`m very proud of. I want to stamp my authority, continue doing what I`m doing and make it as hard as possible for Jack to make his comeback into the team.’

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