The FA Community Shield

Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho primed to face his old club in FA Community Shield

Friday 06 Aug 2021
Kelechi Iheanacho and his Leicester City teammates will be back at Wembley on Saturday

Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho was in prolific form last season as the Foxes won the Emirates FA Cup and enjoyed an impressive campaign in the Premier League.

And now, back at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Community Shield against his former club Manchester City, he hopes he can hit the ground running for 2021-22...

The Community Shield offers a trip to Wembley and a chance to begin the season with a piece of silverware. Are you looking forward to it?

Yes, it's very important. It's a trophy that we want to win, so we need to really come out strong and work hard, defensively and offensively. We know that they’re a good side, so we need to work really hard to get the win.

Leicester City v Manchester City
  • The FA Community Shield supported by McDonald's
  • 5.15pm, Saturday 7 August 2021
  • Wembley Stadium connected by EE
  • Live on ITV

How has your preparation been ahead of the match?

It’s been going quite well, we've been working really hard, running, so I think we are ready.

Of course, this comes off the back of the FA Cup victory, just what did this mean to the players and the city of Leicester?

It means a lot. It was a dream for everyone. For me, for my family, for Leicester City, for the fans. For everyone, it was a dream. It's been a long time coming. Everyone is happy and we are still living the dream.

Will it make a difference having fans back inside the stadium?

The fans always make an impact. Playing without supporters is something we don't want but it was something we have to deal with. We are happy to have them back. They really made a great impact in the FA Cup final and hopefully they will make a good impact in the Community Shield as well, and into the new season.

Leicester won the Emirates FA Cup last season

You are coming up against your old manager in Pep Guardiola, but how do you think his style compares to Brendan Rodgers?

They’re quite similar in some ways, and different as well. The two managers are great managers, they have their different tactics. I've had the opportunity to play for them both. They are both wonderful managers. Hopefully our tactics will work on the day, though, and we will get the win.

Lastly, you're now the highest-scoring African player in FA Cup history and just three goals away from joining the top five all-time Nigerian Premier League scorers. How does it feel to be named alongside the likes of Yakubu and Kanu?

I didn't even know that! Haha. I didn't even know that but yeah hopefully I will get the goals and join that. Of course, we need to concentrate on the games and take it one game at a time, and hopefully I will get It. Of course I will do more.

Iheanacho was speaking to the official Community Shield match programme, where you can read the full interview with him. 

By Nicholas Veevers