Focus now, City urged
Citizens need cool heads, Kelechi advised
Kelechi Iheanacho feels Manchester City just need to keep their “focus” after another frustrating result.
City, who began the season with 10 successive wins, have now gone five games without victory after being held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Given that City remain top of the Premier League, albeit only on goal difference, it is hardly a crisis but the team are certainly experiencing a wobble.
Iheanacho, who came off the bench to score the equaliser against Saints, said: ‘Teams drop points in the Premier League, we dropped points as well. That is a football game, you don’t know what is going to happen when you play.
“Everyone expects high for our team but we are human beings as well. We are footballers, we can make mistakes and we can lose games. We just keep moving, keep our heads straight and focus on the next games.”
City’s sequence includes three Premier League games and equals the longest winless run of manager Pep Guardiola’s career.
With memories of last Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing at Barcelona still fresh in the mind, City were sluggish in the first half.
They failed to register a shot on target as Southampton successfully restricted them and they were punished when a poor pass by John Stones was seized upon by Nathan Redmond for the 27th-minute opener. After all the criticism of Claudio Bravo’s sending off at the Nou Camp for his blundered attempt to play out from the back, it was another error which brought Guardiola’s tactics into question.
Stones did have an equaliser disallowed for offside against Sergio Aguero but it was only after the half-time introduction of Iheanacho, for the injured Kevin De Bruyne, that City began to carry greater threat.
Iheanacho grabbed the leveller after 55 minutes but City could not force a winner.
Iheanacho, 20, said: “It wasn’t our best but I still think we played well and deserved to win. But it is a game of football.”