Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Claudio Ranieri have Foxes enjoying European success
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is pleased with how his side have started their European adventure but he is refusing to think about the Champions League knockout stages.
Islam Slimani continued is fine form against Porto when his header gave the Foxes a 1-0 win over Porto. It means they have back-to-back victories in Group G and keep their 100 per cent record.
The £29million forward, who joined from Sporting, has now scored six goals against Porto in 2016! He was known as the ‘Dragon Slayer’ relating to Porto’s ’Dragons’ nickname.
Leicester top the group ahead of FC Copenhagen, who beat Club Brugge 4-0, and the two sides meeting AT THE King Power stadium on Tuesday 18th October.
Despite being top of the league Ranieri remained quiet on his team’s chances of qualification.
“I am superstitious, we have to stay calm, Copenhagen won 4-0 and they are very organised.
“For us now it’s important to clean our mind and go back to the Premier League.
“It was important to win against Porto, because they are a very good team. They have quality players.
“I spoke a lot about making a clean sheet here. My players were very concentrated, they were strong, attentive in every situation.
Slimani has settled in well thanks to his international teammate Riyad Mahrez and the big money summer signing now has three goals in his first four Leicester games.
On his two Algerian stars Ranieri said: “I was very confident with Slimani – because he often scored against Porto when he was a Sporting player.”
“I spoke with Riyad and Islam and said: ‘Come on guys, let’s make something special’, and they made the pass and goal and it was good. After we defended very well and were very well organised.”
Porto, really do not like coming to England, they have not won in 17 games on English soil and were poor for long spells of the game.
After beating Roma in qualifying they have struggled for form only picking up a point from their opening two games.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo is feeling the pressure and knows they already face a battle to progress.
“Copenhagen won so we have no margin for error and this is a chance for us and we must go beyond our limits to do it.”
“It’s not easy to come to the Premier League champions and start from the first minute like we finished. It’s a challenge but I’m quite optimistic for the future.”
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