Even two days after the Champions League clash against Porto, Islam Slimani is still in the spotlight of the Portuguese press. The Leicester striker had promised the journalists he’d talk once he had authorisation from the club’s press officer, and when he had, the Portuguese newspaper jumped straight in.
O Jogo have published a two-page interview with the player this Thursday, where they basically asked him to talk about Portuguese clubs. Leicester’s Champions League rivals Porto and his former club Sporting were the main topics of conversation.
Asked about the win, where he scored his seventh career goal against Porto, Slimani said: “It was a hard game, against a good FC Porto team. I’s always hard to play FC Porto, because they have good players, but the most important thing was that Leicester won.”
The player was questioned if the second game against Porto will be the toughest of this stage: “Maybe, I don’t know. But it’s the last game of the group stage and I believe Leicester will already be qualified by then.”
Slimani also commented on the possibility of playing his former club Sporting in the knock-out stages: “I’d like to, why not? If facing Sporting would mean they have qualified and that’s why I say I’d like it a lot. I hope they get through the next stage.”
And once again, the striker made sure to say he’ll be partying with the Lions if they win the league this year: “I’m going to Lisbon in May to celebrate. I have all the faith in the world, Sporting are going to be the champions.”