LEICESTER, England — Record signing Islam Slimani scored twice on his English Premier League debut as Leicester ran over Burnley 3-0 on Saturday.
The Algeria forward gave defending champion Leicester the lead just before halftime with a powerful header from Christian Fuchs’ free kick, giving Tom Heaton no chance in the Burnley goal.
“It’s important Slimani continues to score, because if he only scores in the first match we have a problem,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri.
Slimani made it 2-0 shortly after the break with another header at King Power Stadium.
The result was beyond doubt when Riyad Mahrez’s driven cross was inadvertently deflected in by Burnley’s Ben Mee in the 78th.
Burnley made very little in the way of chances, as Leicester followed up its 3-0 midweek win over Club Brugge in the Champions League with another commanding victory after a stuttering start to the season.
“I was curious to see how my players reacted after the Champions League and they reacted very well,” Ranieri said.
Leicester was without first-choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, after he was concussed in training. Summer signing Ron-Robert Zieler made his league debut in Schmeichel’s place.
Slimani moved to Leicester from Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese club said the deal was worth 30 million euros ($33.5 million), potentially rising by another 5 million euros ($5.5 million).