Kelechi Iheanacho believes Manchester City are ready for Tuesday’s Uefa Champions League game first leg semi-final clash against Real Madrid.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men will be hoping to begin reach the final of the competition, but first must scale Zinedine Zidane side’s hurdle at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
And having tamed Stoke City 4-0 in the English topflight on Saturday, the Nigerian believes the victory over the Potters has primed the side for the Spaniards.
“This game [against Stoke] was great preparation for us before we play Real Madrid. On Tuesday, we need to focus and work hard because they’re a good side. We are prepared to face them,” Iheanacho told club website.
“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.
“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.”
Iheanacho striker has linked up excellently with Sergio Aguero in his first season as part of the senior squad and he expects that to continue when given the chance to play throughout the remainder of the season.
“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,” he continued.
“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.”