Ranieri to let Slimani loose

LEICESTER — Manager Claudio Ranieri believes his players will not suffer a hangover from their heavy defeat at Liverpool when Leicester make their Champions League debut tomorrow (2.45am).

The Foxes were beaten 4-1 by the Reds at Anfield on Saturday, but Ranieri said the fact his side have such a mouth-watering fixture at Club Brugge so quickly after such a heavy defeat will help them.

Ranieri said new record signing attacker Islam Slimani is ready to make his debut at Jan Breydel Stadium, reported Leicester Mercury.

“We have to react,” said Ranieri. “Last season when we lost we always had a good reaction. I am waiting for a
good reaction.

“I think it will be much easier, much better because now their mental energy will return much quicker because everyone wants to play in the Champions League in Bruges.

“We were very concentrated on this match and we were waiting this kind of football from Liverpool.

“But they were better than us. Everything they tried to do was okay and they were inspired. It was difficult for us to stop them.

“Now it is important to think about the Champions League, to react and regenerate the batteries, and to be solid.”

Slimani arrived too late on Friday to train with City, so Ranieri decided to leave him out of the squad for Liverpool as he had missed all the preparations.

However, the Algeria international, who has joined from Sporting Lisbon in a deal that could eventually be worth £30 million (RM165 million), is expected to be involved.

“The situation with him is okay,” said Ranieri. “He arrived on Friday night and just met his teammates. Now he is ready for a training session, and to be available for the next match in the Champions League.”

Leicester have an injury concern over rightback Danny Simpson, who limped off in the first half at Anfield with what appeared to be a hamstring issue.

“I don’t know right now what the problem is,” said Ranieri. “He will have a scan and we will see what the problem is.” — Agencies

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