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Ranieri pep talk inspires Leicester

Leicester City's record buy Islam Slimani scored twice as the EPL champions beat Leicester 3-0.
Ranieri pep talk inspires Leicester
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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri revealed a pre-game pep talk with Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez helped inspire the Foxes to victory over Porto.

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 Champions League.

The APS29million ($A49 million) 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.

"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 surprised.

"It's important that Slimani adapts to the way we play, because we have to improve the movement for the strikers."

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