Slimani winning the AFCON, Mahrez add new trophy on top of English treble

Islam Slimani came on late in the final against Senegal and helped Algeria to a 1-0 win in a dramatic final as VAR took away a Senegal penalty. Riyad Mahrez added another trophy to his tally of three English winners medals this season.

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Slimani and Mahrez might have seen this as a chance to shine with the former Leicester City winger and now Man City bound, Mahrez showing skills we all remembered so well from the time he spent at King Power Stadium.

Islam Slimani a previous record signing when he joined from Sporting Lisbon back in 2016 for a fee in the region of £28million has never shined as much as everyone would have liked, and spent the last two seasons on loan at Newcastle United and Besiktas.

The two Algerian internationals were never joined by fellow countryman Rachid Ghezzal who had to sit and watch his nation winning that special trophy while performing for Leicester City in the pre-season campaign.

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Ghezzal missed out and never got the chance to add more caps to his tally of 16, but hopefully would see this is an incredible achievement as this was the nations second win in this tournament, the last one as far back as 1990.

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Riyad Mahrez showed his quality in all games captaining his side to this great victory and might have benefited a lot by being rested so much in his first season at Man City, not always getting the amount of play time that he probably would have liked.

For Islam Slimani this must have been a great victory, being able to score in the early stages and contributing as well as he did. The close future will be exciting either if he has any hope of a “look in” under Brendan Rodgers or will be loaned out or sold before the transfer window shuts.

Good news before Arsenal clash, Happy Birthday Claudio!, Mahrez keeping momentum

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Among the stories this Sunday evening is of course the news that Ben Chilwell has tied himself up until 2024, and that is wonderful. His progress this season has been fantastic and to see him, at the age of 21, breaking into the England first team is just great.

The fact that a homegrown player manage to “outfox” an experience star and a great player such as Christian Fuchs makes it even more impressive. The previous captain of Austria and one of the key players during the 2015/16 season is now just a cover.

Other news to honor this evening is the form of loan players Benkovic and Barnes, who both impress in their clubs, Celtic and West Bromwich. Talk about them returning in January are of course interesting to see, but again probably Puel will let them progress and get playing time regularly instead of bringing them back to uncertain situations at Leicester City.

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Claudio Ranieri is 67 today, big gratulations to the “magician” who masterminded that fantastic win and also still were in the Champions League competition when getting the sack at the club, flirting highly with relegation. Since leaving Leicester City, Claudio has also had a stint at Nantes, but also left the French club after a single season in charge. Claudio were earlier this season seen at Chelsea, visiting his former club and meeting up with the Italians in charge at The Blues at the moment, Sarri and Zola.

It feels like ages since Claudio left, but it was actually in the year 2017, and we are still only in 2018, how we would like that fairy story to just continue into the sunset and every season being like the one of Ranieri, what a fantastic feeling and like flying. As a Leicester City fan the most amazing feeling, never really feeling that way before, you were top of the World, and that is a good feeling, no one would disagree.

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One of the Leicester City heroes during that PL winning seaeson, Riyad Mahrez are starting to show his greatness at Manchester City, scoring a fantastic goal against Burnley in their 5-0 win. Guardiola is galvanizing Mahrez and the outcome of this season will be interesting to see, winning the Premier League again, could be the outcome.

Former foxes Kante and Mahrez could continue to lift trophies in England and Europe, and Leicester City are producing more talent and the recent England squad, including Chilwell, Maguire and Maddison is thrilling to watch. Demarai Gray who has been absent with an injury for a while, was missing the last call up, as he was another of Leicester City’s players to get a call up by Gareth Southgate in that game at King Power.

Leicester should be more optmistic in front of the game tomorrow and hopefully a surprise result will be a new chance for the England boys at Leicester City to celebrate and not just Claudio Ranieri turning 67!

Everton and Liverpool destroying weekend for Leicester City and Riyad Mahrez

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Leicester City faced an Everton side who had their heads right and came away with a 2-1 at King Power. Especially Brazilian duo Bernard and Richarlison gave Leicester enough trouble to upset a descent run of results lately.

A 2nd half goal from Iceland international Gulfi Sigurdsson made it possible for Everton to bring all points back to Merseyside.

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The fact that Wes Morgan had to leave the field early in 2nd half made it difficult, despite a promising display by Leicester City during most periods of the game.

A day after Leicester’s defeat to Everton, Manchester City are playing Liverpool on Anfield, and a game looking like a 0-0 draw explodes into action when Leroy Sane is brought down by Virgil Van Dijk and a penalty is given.

Gabriel Jesus is the one chosen to take the penalty, but a message from Pep Guardiola changes that and Riyad Mahrez steps forward. He has missed five penalties in his last eight attempts so why he was the “chosen one” few understands.

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Mahrez can’t convert and the ball goes straight up in the air, above the goal and into the stands, what a disgraceful penalty, badly taken and what could have been a great day for Man City bringing home their first win at Anfield under Guardiola ends in a 0-0 draw.

Not the best of weekends if you support Leicester City and have an eye for former players and how they are doing around in other clubs, this was not good at all.

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