Leicester City began their pre-season campaign ahead of the new Premier League season with a 2-1 victory against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.
Despite going behind through a stunning strike from Chris Maguire, goals from Demarai Gray and Jeffrey Schlupp ensured the Foxes began pre-season with a win.
Proceedings, however, began with Leicester City and England legend Gary Lineker bringing the Premier League trophy onto the pitch.
Today’s match gave Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri the opportunity to give summer signings Ahmed Musa, Luis Hernandez and Ron-Robert Zieler their club debuts. Fourth summer signing, Nampalys Mendy, was ruled out after picking up a knock in training.
The Foxes began the first half lethargically, going 1-0 down thanks to a well hit free-kick from Maguire from 20 yards beating Kasper Schmeichel.
The Premier League champions quickly responded through former Birmingham winger Gray, who calmly slotted past Oxford ‘keeper Simon Eastwood after Leonardo Ulloa picked up the ball deep in Oxford’s half.
Tom Lawrence, Matty James, Schlupp, Zieler and Hernandez came on at half-time.
Schlupp, who had been linked with a move to West Brom, soon made an impact, bursting through the Oxford defence but a last-ditch tackle in the area from Aaron Martin ensured the score remained level.
New signing Musa looked impressive on his debut and went close but his shot across goal was finely saved by Eastwood
Schlupp added to the Foxes goal tally in the 69th minute, a low drive from distance finding the bottom right-hand corner.
Zeiler had two comfortable saves to make on his debut for the Foxes, one from Ryan Taylor’s low effort and Jonny Giles’ powerful strike late on into the match.
Ranieri gave minutes to academy prospects Ben Chilwell, Callum Elder, Admiral Muskwe and Hamza Choudhury, all of whom impressed and will look to break into the first-team this season.
Next up for Leicester is a trip to Glasgow to take on Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic in the International Champions Cup.