Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho says Pep Guardiola is introducing a different way of doing things at Manchester City. The form...
Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho says Pep Guardiola is introducing a different way of doing things at Manchester City.
The former Barcelona boss began work at the Etihad Stadium early in July, five months after it was announced he would succeed Manuel Pellegrini in the City hotseat.
Pellegrini was the man who handed Iheanacho his Premier League chance, but the Nigerian striker is now adjusting to the demands of the famously driven Spanish boss.
Kelechi Iheanacho made his first Premier League appearance on August 29 last year, replacing Raheem Sterling late in Manchester City's 2-0 win over Watford.
'Guardiola is a good manager, everyone knows that,' Iheanacho told Sky Sports.
'He's bringing fresh thoughts and his own style. Everything is different and everyone is adapting to what he's teaching us.
'We need to understand what he's telling us and what he wants to bring to the team.'
Iheanacho made a total of 35 City appearances last term, scoring 14 goals, after making his debut as a late substitute against Watford in August.
But while 2015-16 will go down as a breakthrough campaign for the 19-year-old, it was largely one of missed opportunities for City.
They laboured in the Premier League before pipping Manchester United to fourth place, won the Capital One Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
With Guardiola having already added midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and the Spanish attacker Nolito to his ranks, and with further high-profile signings likely, the new manager will be expected to deliver a marked improvement on last season's return.
And Iheanacho is backing Guardiola to inspire City to greater heights.
He said: 'The atmosphere is great. We want to achieve a lot this season and I think we're in good shape to do it. We can reach our goals.'