Kelechi Iheanacho

Iheanacho: We Must Be Prepared For The Fight

Kelechi Iheanacho has full faith in Leicester City’s ability to continue their current form when they travel to Brentford on Sunday (2pm BST kick-off).
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- Leicester City meet Brentford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
- Foxes forward Kelechi Iheaancho spoke to LCFC TV ahead of the encounter
- He hopes the Foxes can replicate recent results when they arrive in the capital
- The squad must work hard to achieve their goals, Iheanacho adds

Brentford Community Stadium is the venue for the Foxes’ ninth Premier League match of the season, against a side who have made a solid start to their maiden top-flight campaign, sitting in the top half of the table.

City are starting to build momentum of their own following consecutive wins in league and European competitions over the past week, coming from behind to triumph over Manchester United and Spartak Moscow.

Iheanacho, who was speaking after helping to secure maximum points in the Russian capital, believes the manner of those victories demonstrates the character and spirit within the group.

“We’re really working hard,” the 25-year-old told LCFC TV earlier this week. “The last game we did really well and then we came back in the second half and we’re looking forward to the next game now at Brentford on Sunday.

It’s going to be a tough game for us. We just need to play our game and we need to be ready for the fight. I think that we need to be fast, play quick and shift the ball from side to side.

Kelechi Iheanacho LCFC TV

“Hopefully it will be a good game. They are a good side but hopefully we’ll keep doing what we’re doing. We’ve started good now. Hopefully we will pick up from there and we will keep winning games now, do very well and give the fans something.”

Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game when Brendan Rodgers’ men faced the Bees in an Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round tie in January 2020 – the two sides’ first competitive meeting in 17 years.

And exactly a year later, the Nigerian international was again involved as they met at the same stage of the 2020/21 competition, coming off the bench in a 3-1 success for the Foxes in west London.

“I’ve watched them a couple of times now and they’ve been doing really well,” the former Manchester City frontman continued. “But it’s nothing new to us. Of course, we know how they are, we’ve played them before. But I think they are a different side now, they know this is the Premier League.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us. We need to take them seriously; we just need to play our game and we need to be ready for the fight. I think that we need to be fast, play quick and shift the ball from side to side.”

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Patson Daka & Kelechi Iheanacho
Patson Daka & Kelechi Iheanacho

Iheanacho assisted Daka's first goal of the evening in Moscow on Wednesday.

Reflecting on the midweek success in the UEFA Europa League, Iheanacho praised his strike partner, Patson Daka, who netted all four goals against Spartak, four days after scoring his first Foxes goal.

Leicester were trailing by two during the first half at Otkritie Arena, before Daka played an instrumental role in turning the game in the visitors’ favour. Iheanacho is confident that the Zambian forward can continue his streak in front of goal throughout the rest of the campaign.

He added: “Of course, we’ve got to talk about him! He was magnificent. It was a tough one first half, but we got a goal from Patson before the break and that gave us momentum to go in the second half.

“We came out in the second 45 and said we’d give them a fight. We got the goals and congratulations to Patson, scoring four in a European competition is outstanding so I’m happy for him. Hopefully he will score more, and we will achieve a lot this season.

“The dressing room is bubbling, it’s nice at the moment. Everyone is happy now. We’re enjoying this moment and looking forward to the next games.”

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