Leicester City followed up their midweek win in the Champions League over Club Brugge by beating newcomers Burnley 3-0 on Saturday at the King Power Stadium.
The reigning Premier League champions had a mediocre start to the season, picking just one win in their first four games. But after the win over Brugge in Belgium, it look like the Foxes are finding some form.
New signing Islam Slimani scored his first goal for the club right before halftime to open up the scoring. The Algerian international added a second in the 48th minute before Burnley defender Ben Mee scored an own goal in the 78th minute. Slimani earned praise from manager Claudio Ranieri after the game.
“He and the team gave a fantastic performance,” Ranieri said.
“It’s the first time the fans have watched him and they saw strong he is and how well he defends. He can press, press, press, all around the pitch.”
Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler made his first start for Leicester and kept a clean sheet after making two saves in the game. Leicester won the league last season due in part to their excellent counter attacks, but they showed on Saturday that they can be successful when having a vast majority of the ball possession.
Ranieri was also pleased with the way his side was able to perform despite playing in the Champions League earlier in the week.
“I was curious before the match as it was the first time we’d play a game after the Champions League,” Ranieri said.
“We wanted to keep the momentum going after the good victory against Club Brugge. This was another good victory against an organised team.
“When you are playing well you want to score goals but it was very difficult as they were defending so well but it was important to score at the end of the first half and just after halftime.”