UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
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Kelechi Iheanacho has put aside the brace he scored in Manchester City’s 4-2 defeat away to Southampton last Sunday and is now focused in helping the Citizens qualify for the final of the UEFA Champions League.
City is away to Real Madrid tomorrow in the second leg of the semi final clash.
“We need to put this result (the defeat to Southampton) behind us and focus on the UEFA Champions League game against Real Madrid on Wednesday,” Iheanacho told City TV monday.
While admitting that a lot of things went wrong with City’s game plan, the former Under-17 World Cup winner insisted that they cannot afford to dwell in the past now.
“So many things went wrong in the game. We lost so many balls and did not defend quite well.
“We lost. We are not happy but we will try and put this behind us and come back stronger.
“We have to keep our heads down and focus on the upcoming games,” stressed Iheanacho.
The Nigerian forward is looking forward to winning the remaining two games to make top four finish possible for City to guarantee a Champions League slot.
“We have two games left now and we have to focus on winning them so we can finish in the top-four and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
“I scored two great goals which were important for me and for the team as well but unfortunately we lost so the goals won’t mean (much).
Iheanacho headed home City’s first goal in the 44th minute before completing his brace 12 minutes from time with a supremely-taken curler which left the Saints goalkeeper, Fraser Forster with no chance. He has now scored seven league goals this season but he continues to keep his feet firmly on the ground.
The City starlet has netted seven times for the club this season and acknowledges that it is a healthy return.
“I am pleased with my performance getting goals in the Premier League and having come through to the first team this season.
“I have to continue working hard to get more goals and help the club (do well) in Europe.
“I have to continue working hard because nothing is enough in football.
“I have to convince (the manager, Manuel Pellegrini) that I deserve to be in the City first team).
Iheanacho has scored 13 goals in all competitions for City this season.