For the first time since the beginning of preseason, it looks like Leicester City are hitting their stride, after a second consecutive 3-0 win, this time over Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
While the opponents faced weren’t the highest calibre we’ll face this year, Burnley are a tough nut to crack and on paper should be a difficult task for a side like Leicester who love to counter attack. Last year’s title run was built on not dropping points to the smaller teams, so it’s great to see this ruthless attitude come back.
Ron-Robert Zieler - 7
Filled in very well for Schmeichel. Keeping up concentration can be a big test for keepers in games like these, but Zieler was up to the task, making several good saves after long periods of inactivity.
Danny Simpson - 7
A fit Simpson came straight back into the side and performed just as steadily as ever. Nothing spectacular, but no mistakes either.
Wes Morgan - 7
Another fine performance by the captain. Burnley didn’t test him often, but he had no trouble when they did.
Robert Huth - 7
Rock solid as ever. When the game goes to our plan, these two are nearly unbeatable. May have slipped down to the team’s 2nd set piece target.
Christian Fuchs - 9
A classy performance from the Austrian. Never looked troubled defensively and got forward with more purpose than the rest of the season. Crossing was sublime, not just for the goal but several others than should have been turned in.
Riyad Mahrez - 9
Burnley, Lancashire: LB Stephen Ward tosses and turns in his sleep. His dreams are tormented by a dancing magician. He twists, he turns, there’s nothing the defender can do to stop him. The footwork is so dazzling Ward wakes in a cold sweat. He’s back.
Danny Drinkwater - 8
Copy and paste this rating every week. It’s become mundane to see him outwork and outclass his opposition, even when it’s three against two in the middle.
Great result for the team today and carrying the momentum from Champions League into the Prem! #LCFC pic.twitter.com/rm63RzGVMT— Danny Drinkwater (@DannyDrinkwater) September 17, 2016
Daniel Amartey - 7
Another solid performance by the Ghanaian. Needs to prove he can do it against better opposition, but for these games he’s more than capable. Only 21 as well, remember.
Marc Albrighton - 8
Another good day at the office from the reliable winger. Always puts in a lot of work in midfield and today his crossing was bang on. Albrighton and Fuchs dominated the left side of the pitch.
Islam Slimani - 9
Anyone else getting really excited about this signing? His energy and pressing, along with a big aerial presence, who can hold up the ball excellently, combines the best parts of Okazaki and Ulloa together in one package. Will score plenty of headed goals in this team.
He scored twice but he linked very well with Vardy with the other team-mates. Also he pressed so hard during all the match. We picked him for these characteristics - Ranieri praises his new striker
Jamie Vardy - 8
Instrumental in the link-up play leading to the goals, last year’s top scorer proved again that he brings much more to the pitch than just goals. The worry was that if he wasn’t scoring we’d struggle for goals, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
Andy King/Demarai Gray - 6
The game done before either saw the pitch. Odd for Ranieri to run his first team so hard in this busy stretch, but presumably we’ll see a full 11 changes for Tuesday.
Overall a fantastic performance and a lot of fun to watch (for Leicester fans, anyway, and that’s all that matters). Mahrez was back on fire, that might have been Fuchs’ best performance in Leicester blue, but how could Man of the Match be anyone other than Islam Slimani. Two goals on his Premier League debut and his connection with Mahrez, and burgeoning partnership with Vardy have made this front three into a deadly combination.