Enterprising Nigerian starlet, Kelechi Iheanacho in a recent interview with Sky Sports, talked about his experience under new Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola.
Iheanacho, 19, made his mark in the Premier League last season under Guardiola’s predecessor, Manuel Pellegrini, scoring 14 goals in all competitions. The Super Eagles forward is now however ready to put the successes of last season behind him and impress the highly regarded Guardiola.
“Guardiola is a good manager, everyone knows that.
“We need to understand what he’s telling us and what he wants to bring to the team,” Iheanacho told Sky Sports.
Iheanacho talked about the new method of training and jokes that there is nothing to enjoy about the rigorous pre-season fixtures, taking time to talk about his footballing style as well.
“There’s nothing to enjoy about pre-season, you just have to work hard.
“Everyone finishes (scores) the way that they finish, it just feels natural for me.
“In my country, that’s where I started playing. I was a number 10,” he said.
“For my club, I play more as a striker but I can play in both positions. I can play as a striker or I can play as a number 10. I can even play on the wing as well. I can play in any position.”
Iheanacho also talked about a potential strike partnership with veteran teammate Sergio Aguero.
“I don’t know yet (if I will partner Aguero or act as his understudy in the new season).
“When we start the season, we’ll find out what the coach is going to bring to the team.
“The atmosphere (in the team) is great. We want to achieve a lot this season and I think we’re in good shape to do it.
“We can reach our goals. I was happy with what I achieved last season and where I am today.
“But I have to keep working to improve every day and in every training session. I think I’m improving a lot. I just need to keep working to improve more and more. I want to make the fans proud,” he said.