Leicester City manager Claude Puel has tasked Kelechi Iheanacho to replicate his pre-season goal-scoring form for the Foxes when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in Friday’s English Premier league opener, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Red-hot Iheanacho has been in rich vein of scoring form for Leicester City in pre-season bagging four goals in three games and has been widely tipped to lead the Foxes’ attack in the absence of Jamie Vardy, who only resumed training on Monday.
“He (Iheanacho) is focused,” Puel told Leicester Mercury on Wednesday.
“He (Iheanacho) made a good performance (against Lille), but the most important thing is to present against Manchester United. We know a friendly game is always different. Of course, I am happy about his (Iheanacho) performance and the performance of the other players.
“It has been a difficult pre-season with all the international players coming back step by step and without the good levels and freshness necessary to play 90 minutes.
“We will see against Manchester United in the first game. It is a problem to find the good balance and the strong team to play the whole game.
“We have different questions about some of the players. We will see. It is a little difficult to prepare a game for Manchester United without all the solutions. I will try to pick a team to make a good performance.”
Puel is also pleased with his team’s character to recover from an early setback in the 2-1 victory over Lille.
“I am happy with our condition,” he said.
“It was a tough game against a good opponent, quick, comfortable on the ball and playing with a good intensity.”
“Normally, when we start like this with a bad performance it is difficult to get back into the game. I am happy about our character to do that and to score some very nice goals. And also to keep the result at the end.”