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‘He’s at the top of his game’ – Rodgers hails Iheanacho after FA Cup masterclass

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has showered praise on Kelechi Iheanacho after the forward’s inspiring performance in the FA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United on Sunday.

Iheanacho, 24, scored twice and bagged an assist as Rodgers’ men recorded a 3-1 win against United to reach the last four of the FA Cup for the first time in 39 years.

Iheanacho has now scored seven goals in his last four appearances for the Foxes, and nine in nine games across all competitions.

Speaking with BBC after the game, a delighted Rodgers said:

“Kelechi has always contributed. Maybe his confidence was lower but he works so hard every day and always comes in and gives his all. You see his confidence now. He’s at the top of his game.”

“It’s a different structure [up front]. Kelechi is probably best with someone up there with him. Those two are working very well.

“Our solidity and intensity of press was very good. When we dropped into our shape we denied them space. To beat Manchester United 3-1 you have to be complete in all aspects of the game and the players did that.

“[The semi-final] is a way off yet. I told the players they were three games from history. Now it’s two. We’re making the right steps, we’re on the right path. We’re very ambitious to be the best we can be. That’s the challenge and it’s the test we’re enjoying.”

Leicester, four-time runners up, will go up against Southampton for a place in Wembley’s showpiece final.

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