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Leicester City: Ritchie De Laet prepares for pitch battle at Blackpool

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Ritchie De Laet believes Leicester City must prepare for a war on the shore when they face Blackpool today.

There is arguably as much sand on the Bloomfield Road pitch as there is on the beaches of Blackpool.

De Laet said City may have to abandon their usual approach and match their opponents physically as they look to return to winning ways after three consecutive defeats.

"The pitch is not the best," he said. "It is going be a strange game, a bit of a battle, and whoever wins the battle will come out on top.

"We have to be mentally prepared to go there and know it is not going to be a tippy-tappy game where we like to pass it and do one-twos.

"There will be times where we have to launch it and deal with the second ball. As long as we get the result, the performance doesn't matter."

Blackpool have had a troubled season and new boss Paul Ince is the fourth man to have taken charge of them during the campaign. But De Laet said they will still be tough opposition and, in highly-rated winger Tom Ince, they have one of the most dangerous players in the division.

"It has been a strange season for them," he said. "They were unbeaten when they came to our stadium, they were flying, and we beat them. They have dropped back a bit now but they are still a team we have to be aware of.

"They have quality in the side and Tom Ince is a very good player, one we have to watch. But I am not really worried about Tom Ince. He is just one player and there will be 11 on the pitch.

"If we go there and do what we are capable of, we will win the game.

"It is three games in a row now where we have lost 2-1 and we have to get back to how it was in January when we were winning games.

"We need to get back to how we were before and get the three points on the board."

Leicester City: Ritchie De Laet prepares for pitch battle at Blackpool


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