Sep 19, 2016

    Slimani, Mahrez can be a lethal duo: Ranieri


    CLAUDIO Ranieri believes Algerian duo Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez can form

    a deadly double act for Leicester after the Algerian duo inspired a 3-0 win

    over Burnley.

    Slimani scored twice on his Premier League debut for the champions on Saturday, while fellow Algeria international Mahrez displayed the form that saw him voted player of the year last season.

    The pair linked up impressively with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and

    Foxes manager Ranieri believes they will relish joining forces at club level.

    "It's good for Slimani and good for everyone," Ranieri said. "He linked very well with Vardy and the others

    and he pressed so hard

    during all the match.

    "Riyad made two fantastic performances, in Brugge in the Champions League and here."

    Ranieri's men followed their 3-0 Champions League win at Club Brugge in midweek with the same scoreline against Burnley.

    The Italian is planning changes for tomorrow night's English Football League Cup clash with Chelsea but

    he believes consistency

    was important from Brugge

    to Burnley.

    "I didn't want to make many changes, just the

    'keeper and right-back because I wanted to keep our momentum," Ranieri said.

    "It was important for us to win and 3-0 is good - now we are in the top half of the table and our focus is in EFL Cup against Chelsea.

    "I'll make changes because I have very good players, they show me they are strong."