Ranieri hopes attacking trio can link up to terrorise defences

(Reuters) - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is holding special training sessions for Jamie Vardy, Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez and hoping they can forge a prolific attacking threat capable of terrorising Premier League defences.

Britain Soccer Football - Leicester City v FC Porto - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group G - King Power Stadium, Leicester, England - 27/9/16 Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Leicester relied heavily on goals from Vardy and Mahrez when they romped to a maiden league title by a 10-point margin last season but this term have scored just eight times in seven league matches.

Ranieri is convinced the work he is putting in on his strike trio will pay dividends, however.

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

“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 joining the club for record fee 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 said.

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

Leicester, who are 12th in the table, travel to face seventh-placed Chelsea on Saturday.

Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru