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Published: Wed, September 28, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Ranieri urges Leicester to go back to their strengths after form concerns


He had netted five in three games for previous club Sporting Lisbon against Porto before his £29 million deadline-day move to Leicester, and grabbed the victor against the Dragons as the Foxes hosted a Champions League game for the first time.

Slimani scored twice on his Premier League debut for Leicester, a 3-0 win over Burnley, and while Ranieri was unaware of his nickname he knows the Algeria worldwide has put Porto to the sword before.

"I spoke to them and I am very sure they understood it all".

In the Foxes' first home game at European club football's top table, a flawless curling cross from Mahrez beat the head of an unmarked Jamie Vardy, only to find the new signing - known as the Dragonslayer for his form against the Portuguese side with Sporting Lisbon - flying in for the finish.

Celtic will be driven on by the crowd and it is a fantastic place on these European nights, but I can't see that bothering Pep Guardiola's team and it will even spur them on because they're a big-time team.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is expected to return for Leicester after missing three games with a groin problem but midfielder Nampalys Mendy will be missing again with an ankle problem.

"It's not easy to come to the Premier League champions and start from the first minute like we finished".

"We got off to a great start in Brugge", he said. The manager is hoping his side can overturn their poor record when they face Leicester, who are inexperienced when it comes to playing in Europe, but have lost just two of their last 20 home games.

They have already conceded 11 in six games this campaign, including the four at Old Trafford at the weekend - three of which came from corners.

It can not be overlooked, however, that Porto have lost 14 and won none of 16 fixtures away to English clubs and they were held 1-1 at home against Copenhagen on matchday one.

For a team who finished with the joint-third (same with Arsenal) best defensive record last season (36 goals conceded, behind Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United's 35), Leicester have been appalling in their own penalty box this term.

The game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, will also be shown on BT Sport 2 and on the new-look BT Sport app via our acclaimed enhanced video player.

In a sarcastic Twitter post, the club shared a picture of Slimani accompanied by the caption: "They won, but were left with elbow pain due to the number of times they used them to attack our players". A 4-1 aggregate win over Roma in the Champions League play-off suggests it was a walk in the park but the scoreline doesn't begin to tell the full story.

Leicester won their opening Champions League game 3-0 at Club Brugge two weeks ago, as Porto drew 1-1 with FC Copenhagen, after a heavy 4-1 defeat to Liverpool. It will be a historic moment for the Foxes and a win will take them one step closer to qualifying for the knockout phase of the competition.

"You have been doing that for all your career and suddenly you have got to change it". "Going into this game we've done our work and what we need to know".

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