purechao black Striker Slimani's header gave the Foxes a second 1-0
win to start their Group G campaign and maintain a 100 per cent start in the
The £29million forward has now scored six goals against Porto in 2016 to be
labelled the 'Dragon Slayer' – a reference to Porto's nickname – after his
strikes for former club Sporting Lisbon.
He has scored three goals in his first four Leicester games and, following
his effort at the King Power Stadium, Ranieri said he had told Algeria
international team-mates Slimani and Mahrez he expected them to produce.
"I was very confident with Slimani – because he often scored against Porto
when he was a Sporting player," he said.
vapor v black "I spoke with Riyad and Islam and said 'come on guys'
let's make something special tonight, they made the pass and goal and it was
good. After we defended very well and were very well organised.
"I am happy when I see my players play with this spirit. I was not
"It's important that Slimani adapts to the way we play, because we have to
improve the movement for the strikers."
Jesus Corona hit the post with eight minutes left as the Foxes were forced to
ride out late pressure but deservedly took the victory following their opening
3-0 win at Club Brugge earlier this month but Ranieri refused to speak about
reaching the knock-out stages.
"I am superstitious, we have to stay calm, Copenhagen won 4-0, they are very
organised," he said. "For us now it's important to clean our mind and go back to
the Premier League."
obra orange Ranieri is also 33/1 to replace Sam Allardyce after he
left as England boss by mutual consent after just 67 days in charge following
his appearance in a Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption.
The Italian, who had an unhappy spell with Greece in 2014, laughed off the
link and also said he had not discussed Allardyce's departure and what it means
with his assistant Craig Shakespeare, who was part of Allardyce's backroom
"The bookmakers – you know I have not good relationships with the
bookmakers," said Ranieri, who was favourite to be sacked last season before
winning the Premier League. "I don't know. For now I'm very focused on the
victory of tonight."
mercurial v black Porto have not won in 17 games in England and
were poor for long spells and only roused themselves in the final 20 minutes as
Kasper Schmeichel saved from Hector Herrera and Corona hit the post.
They have one point from their opening two games and boss Nuno Espirito Santo
knows they already face a battle to make it out of the group.
"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," he said.
purecontrol cleats "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.
"I just wish my players started the same way from the first minute like we
did in the last 10-15 minutes. We can dominate like we did in the last 20
minutes. These 20 minutes can be during 90 minutes."