ESPN: Kelechi delighted by changing room chant
- 01 February 2016 07:16
- Posted by @MPHenson
Kelechi’s changing room chant, Guus Hiddink and Sam Allardyce all feature in today’s media round-up…
It might be Deadline Day but the rumours have dried up with City keeping quiet on Jim White’s favourite day of the year.
Instead, we start today’s round up by a reaction piece on ESPN about how the City squad sung new crowd favourite Kelechi Iheanacho’s chant as he walked back into the dressing room following his hat-trick at Villa Park.
Jonathan Smith writes: “Kelechi Iheanacho's Manchester City teammates chanted his name in the away dressing room after the striker's brilliant treble lit up a confident FA Cup fourth-round 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
“After the post-match TV interviews, the 19-year-old was greeted by the City players singing the ‘Iheanacho, Iheanacho’ chant that had been sung throughout the victory by the 5,800 travelling fans -- making the forward feel as comfortable as ever in the Etihad setup.
"’I couldn't believe that,’ smiled Iheanacho. ‘It was a great feeling for me, so I'm happy, being among them and playing with them.
"’I'm very happy having them as my teammates, they help me in training and in games. They help me to keep going so I'm happy.’
“Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini trusted Iheanacho with a lone striker role in a 4-3-3 system, resting a number of key first team players like Sergio Aguero. And the Nigerian starlet didn't let the manager down with a superb hat trick that showcased his natural goal-scoring instincts.
“Iheanacho's first goal was a predatory close-range strike, the second a deliciously cool penalty and he completed his treble with a confident finish as he raced through on goal.
"’It was a good feeling. I'm happy to get my first hat trick,’ he said. ‘I need to build my confidence to play in the team.
"’That's what I'm working on now, to build confidence. There's nothing to fear, it's professional football, so I need to build my confidence to play.’"
Moving forward and the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round draw was made yesterday evening, giving City an away tie against Chelsea between 19-22 February.
Chelsea Interim Manager Guus Hiddink spoke to the media after the draw and many news outlets feature his quotes today, but we look to the Telegraph as they use the headline ‘Guus Hiddink describes Manchester City FA Cup draw as 'a final'.
Jeremy Wilson states: “Guus Hiddink has described drawing Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round as ‘a final’ and warned that Chelsea have at last found their winning touch this season.
“Chelsea have lifted the FA Cup five times since the turn of the century and are the defending Premier League champions while City won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League in 2012 and 2014.
“The two clubs will now meet at Stamford Bridge on the weekend of Feb 19-22 in what is Manchester City’s third successive away draw against Premier League opposition in this season’s FA Cup.
“’It’s a final,’ Hiddink said. ‘Already a final now. A huge game, so start the final next round.’”
And finally, City travel to the Stadium of Light tomorrow to take on Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League and the Chronicle Live, via the Sunderland website, run a story off Sam Allardyce’s quotes on a certain City striker.
The Black Cats boss believes that Sergio Aguero is one of the best strikers in the world and Sunderland will need to ‘smother’ and ‘stifle’ the Argentine if they want to get anything from the games.
Writes Spencer Brown: “Sam Allardyce believes Sergio Aguero is one of the best strikers in the world, and stopping him is key to Sunderland’s chances of success on Tuesday.
“The Argentine was rested for Man City’s emphatic 4-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa on Saturday, but had scored five goals in three appearances before that.
“He has scored 16 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season, including a five-goal haul against Newcastle in the league in October.
“’We have to be capable of trying to smother and stifle one of the best strikers in the world,’ Allardyce told the club’s website.
“’That has to be our first priority and I think our attention needs to be on the fact that he’s the big difference between what Man City have been doing in terms of results.
“’He seems to be the man who turns games in their favour on a very regular basis so we need to stop that threat he has: one by the service (to him) and two by getting two or three men around him when he does get the ball to try and stop his goalscoring ability, which at this moment in time is outstanding.’
“Man City have failed to take charge of the title race and sit three points behind the leaders Leicester in second place.
“They are still favourites with most bookmakers to win the league though, and they travel to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday with two wins over Sunderland this season already under their belt.
“They won 4-1 on Wearside in the League Cup in September and won by the same score-line on Boxing Day in the league fixture at the Etihad Stadium.
“Allardyce hopes Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be showing signs of ‘fatigue’.
“’Can we stay in the game, can we keep it tight and can we be patient, and then can we take an opportunity when it arises?’ he said.
“’Due to the amount of games they’re playing there may be some fatigue that comes into the team later in the game - that leads to a better opportunity to try and expose some of their weaknesses and score a goal.’”