London - Kelechi Iheanacho has appealed to Manchester City
fans to exercise patience with the team following underwhelming displays in
The Citizens have failed to win in their last five games in
all competitions and had to come from behind to rescue a point against
Southampton in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Iheanacho has called for restraint and insists that the team
will soon turn the corner.
“There is no problem (with City manager, Pep Guardiola’s
system) – we need to get our heads straight and focus on the next games.
“The fans need to know that we are football players, but we
are human beings as well. We didn't come from a different planet – we are of
“I know the fans expect a lot from us, as players, but we
are capable of losing and drawing as well as winning.
“There are a lot of games to go, so they need to have
patience and get behind us.
“We'll get there soon and make them proud,” Iheanacho told
the Manchester Evening News.
Lethal and efficient but the derby awaits
City’s form has been poor but Iheanacho’s has been
outstanding to say the least.
On Sunday, it was his heroics that saved City’s blushes as
he netted in the second half to help his side claim a share of the spoils
against Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.
Also read: Iheanacho saves ManCity’s blushes, Mourinho sees blues at Stamford Bridge
Guardiola had opted to start the contest with Argentinean
striker, Sergio Aguero as his lone attacking weapon upfront but the decision
proved to be anything but inspired as City trailed 0-1 at the interval.
With City staring down the barrel, Guardiola was left with
little option than throwing the Super Eagles attacker into the fray.
The former Golden Eaglets man took the place of the injured
Belgian, Kevin de Bruyne at the start of the second half and announced his
introduction with deadly efficiency.
Iheanacho rarely disappoints when called to duty and he responded
with the composure of a veteran, 10 minutes after he was summoned from the
He lashed in a first time shot in the 55th minute past the
Saints goalkeeper, Fraser Forster to put the Citizens back on level terms.
The goal was a thing of beauty as Fernandinho provided a
floated pass which was brilliantly latched onto by Leroy Sane with the lethal
Iheanacho finishing with poise and panache.
Now City aim to end their winless run at Old Trafford in the
EFL Cup derby after cruising to a 2-1 win there in September, but Iheanacho
(who scored in that win) has warned it will be tougher this time.
“We haven't won in five games now, but it is a game of
football, and this can happen. We need to head straight and focus on the derby
that is coming.
“Last time we played United we put in a great performance
from the whole team and won it, so we are looking forward to it again.
“This one will be harder, as they are getting to know us and
our players. They will fight hard so we have to get our heads straight, fight
back and get the win at Old Trafford,” he said.
Iheanacho has now scored eight times in his last 11 league
appearances for City.
His conversion rate is equally impressive as he has now
netted 11 goals from 17 shots on target.For
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