By James Agberebi:
Kelechi Iheanacho feels that Manchester City will have to secure a home win against Real Madrid in the first leg, semi-final of the UEFA Champions League in order to reach a “dream” European final.
City, who saw off Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-final, will host the 10-times European champions in the first leg on Tuesday.
“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,” Iheanacho, who was included in the City squad for the Champions League knockout rounds after being left out of the group phase, told the official Manchester City website on Sunday.
“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.”
The 19-year-old, who bagged a brace in City’s 4-0 win against Stoke, hailed the emphatic win against the Potters, pointing out that it was important to get the three points.
“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,” Iheanacho added.
He also expressed delight playing alongside Sergio Aguero.
“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.”