Iheanacho pick up Barclays man-of-the-match award at City

Kelechi Iheanacho is riding on the crest of a wave at Manchester City.

The 19-year-old was the star performer for the Citizens in the 4-0 dismantling of Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

After deservedly picking up the Barclays man-of the-match award, Iheanacho explained that he will continue to keep his feet firmly on the ground.

“It was a great performance for everybody.

“It was a big match because we need to stay in the top-four and United are behind us so we needed three points.

“The manager trusted me in the game so I’m really pleased to play,” he told the club’s official website. Naijabet

Iheanacho who is understandably high on confidence has now trained his sights on tripping Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League.

“This game was great preparation for us before we play Real Madrid.

“On Tuesday, we need to focus and work hard because they’re a good side. We are prepared to face them.

“The Champions League is a big tournament so we need to focus and get the mood ready and get everything right to play.

“We must work hard and concentrate on every ball. We really need to win here because at their home it’s not going to be an easy game.

“It’s a great achievement for the club to be in the last four of the tournament but it would be a dream to get to the final so we’re really hoping for that,” he said.

The young striker has linked up excellently with Sergio Aguero in his first season as part of the senior squad and he expects that to continue when given the chance to play throughout the remainder of the season.

“I’m very pleased to play with Sergio. It’s a big thing so I’m really happy and looking forward to playing with him in the future.

“I really need to work hard every game and every training.

“Every time I’m in I really need to show character and show that I deserve to be in the team so I really work hard until the end,” he said.

Iheanacho has scored 11 goals for Man City in all competitions this season.