Talking Points: Leicester City 3 Burnley 0 – Slimani stars on debut

Talking Points: Leicester City 3 Burnley 0 – Slimani stars on debut


Leicester City secured their second victory of the season with a resounding 2-0 win over Burnley at the King Power Stadium .

The reigning champions opened the scoring on the brink of half-time as Islam Slimani knocked home a header. The club record signing added a second goal after the break with his 48th minute effort, securing victory for the Foxes.

Star performance from Islam Slimani

The £29 million recruit starred on his Premier League debut with two goals either side of the break to earn the result for Claudio Ranieri’s side.

His positioning inside the penalty area was excellent as two superbly weighted headers gave Leicester a commanding lead.

Attacking with real vigour, he may not be the strongest player in aerial duels around but his predatory instincts allowed him to capitalise on a meek defensive display from Burnley.

The Algerian has quickly provided an extra and effective dimension to an attack that was clearly lacking an edge in the opening stages of the season.

Leicester dominate the ball and the scoreline

The Foxes so often concede possession to their opponents, but they changed tact against a Burnley side who often play the same way.

A dominate performance from Leicester saw Danny Drinkwater control the play from midfield while Daniel Amartey shielded the defence.

It was the forth consecutive start for Amartey, who rebounded after a poor performance against Liverpool last weekend.

Burnley showing signs of struggle

A team built on defensive resilience and outstanding ethics has shown signs of frailty since seeing off Liverpool a fortnight ago.

The central-midfielders signed in the transfer window failed to provide the defensive edge to their team, as Leicester cut through the Clarets with ease.

Steven Defour struggled to impact the match with limited time on the ball, seeing him substituted midway through the second half.

Deadline day signing Jeff Hendrick looked to drive his team forward while snapping at his opponents heels. Both players seemed unfamiliar with each others style of play, leaving Burnley quickly needing to settle after the close of the transfer window.

Riyad Mahrez finding his form 

After a largely subdued start to the season the PFA Player of Year is starting to find his form for the Foxes.

His link up play with Algerian teammate Slimani was there for all to see, as the fleet footed winger lead the shot count for both sides.

Mahrez played a vital impact in the third goal as Ben Mee turned the ball into his own net, also causing Stephen Ward a number of problems down the right-hand side of the Leicester attack.

Ranieri’s men have turned a corner. Lead by their star player and new signings, they suddenly have the firepower to make an impact this season.

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