Ahead of Leicester City’s league opener against Manchester United on Friday, Coach Claude Puel has backed Kelechi Iheanacho to find the right balance and lead the line for the Foxes at Old Trafford as they hope to begin the season on a winning note, AOIFootball.com reports.
With Iheanacho expected to lead the line in Friday’s opener, Puel will be confident in the striker’s ability following an impressive preseason which saw the Nigerian score four goals in just 3 matches.
Puel is urging the 21-year-old to up his game when the real deal gets underway at Old Trafford.
“He is focused. He 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 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,” Puel said.
Although Iheanacho is expected to start, Puel still has decisions to make elsewhere, with the line-up against Lille not necessarily the 11 players that will start against United.
“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 concluded.
The Foxes will begin the 2018/2019 EPL season with an uphill task away to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.