Claudio Ranieri proceeds for ‘special’ training sessions ahead of Chelsea clash


Claudio Ranieri has revealed he is holding special training sessions for Leicester forwards Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez.

Ranieri, who goes up against his former club Chelsea tomorrow (12:30), is hoping they can forge a prolific attacking threat capable of terrorising Premier League defences.

Leicester relied heavily on goals from Vardy and Mahrez when they romped to the title last season but this term have scored just eight times in seven league matches.

And the Italian boss is convinced the work he is putting in on his strike trio will pay dividends.

“In the training sessions, I often put the three together to manage better and better in every situation,” Ranieri said. “Then I believe in these three guys.

“There are special sessions, and also when we play matches they stay always together so they can link every time better, to get a better understanding.

“There is a very good link between the three and I think this is a strength of our future.”

Slimani has hit the ground running since his club record £30million move in August with three goals in five appearances, but Vardy has not scored since the Algerian’s arrived.

“It’s important he (Slimani) understands our movement. And his team-mates, understand his movement, he is strong in the air, can hold a ball, it’s important the others get around him,” Ranieri added.

“He has to improve more how we play and how we move, he has to understand the Premier League and he can improve more.”

The Foxes sit 12th in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge after winning just two of their opening seven games.

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