Iheanacho On Pre-Season, Building Fitness & Tackling QPR
- Kelechi Iheanacho previews Saturday's friendly clash with Queens Park Rangers
- Leicester City visit Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday
- Iheanacho says the Foxes are eager to start securing results in pre-season
- The Club's top goalscorer in 2020/21 also provides an update on his own fitness levels
The Foxes head to the capital this weekend searching for their maiden victory of pre-season after facing Burton Albion and Wycombe Wanderers - two games which included different XIs in each half - as Brendan Rodgers' men build a base level of fitness.
Rangers, who finished last season ninth in the Sky Bet Championship, represent the sternest test so far, in terms of 2020/21 league position, but Iheanacho says City are ready for the encounter.
"It’s been amazing," the Nigeria striker told LCFC TV, discussing the training camp. "We’ve been working really hard. You know, obviously, it’s pre-season, so we need to work hard and get minutes and prepare for this season. We’ve been working really hard and preparing ourselves, so it’s going quite well.
I’m getting fitter day by day and I think everybody is getting fitter. We’re getting there and, before the season starts, everybody will be ready to crack on.Kelechi Iheanacho LCFC TV
"It’s not been a bad week at all. It’s hard and tough, but I think the last week was harder! It’s been going pretty good and, of course, we need minutes and game time for everyone. Hopefully that’s where we’re heading and I think we’re going in the right direction."
Iheanacho believes, although pre-season friendlies are fundamentality about fitness, that Leicester's players are eager to give the Blue Army something to cheer this weekend at QPR.
"Obviously, it’s to get minutes, but I think the results… of course, we want to get results in these games," he added. "It didn’t turn out that way [at Wycombe], but hopefully in the remaining games, we’ll get results and we’ll be ready for the season.
The Foxes have enjoyed a pre-season training camp in Surrey this week.
"It’s not going to be easy [at QPR] but we’ll try and get something out of that game. Obviously, they’re a good side. They’re going to be difficult to break down, but of course, we’re working on our fitness level and tactics-wise, the coaches and the gaffer are all there. We’ll get through tomorrow."
City's top goalscorer in 2020/21 says he is feeling the benefits of the Club's pre-season efforts and is confident the squad will be ready for the new campaign, which starts with the FA Community Shield and includes both domestic and European duties.
"I’m getting fitter day by day and I think everybody is getting fitter," the 24-year-old continued. "The coaches are doing a good job to get everybody at a very good level of fitness. We’re getting there and, before the season starts, everybody will be ready to crack on."
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