Hughes wary of Vardy and Mahrez threat

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is still wary of the threat from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, despite their decreased output in recent weeks.

The duo have scored 28 goals between them this season, but have both failed to find the back of the net in the Foxes' last five league fixtures.

Hughes, though, knows that Stoke can't take either Vardy or Mahrez lightly when Stoke travel to King Power Stadium on Saturday.

"Realistically Vardy would come to a point where he would find it more difficult because opposition teams were going to legislate and make sure they weren't going to be exposed by his quality," Hughes said in his pre-match press conference.

"That's probably why he has found it more difficult of late, but that's not to underestimate the strength he poses, along with Mahrez. Both of them seem to have had remarkable seasons.

"There was always a danger they would stop scoring or the chances being created weren't as readily available and maybe their ability to win games would lessen. Is that happening at the moment?

"It seems to be but I've seen recent games and they look just as threatening as they have done throughout the year.

"At the moment they're on a run where positive results and three points are not forthcoming but I wouldn't suggest for one moment that they are on the wane, or on the slide. They've still got a real threat."

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