Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ex-England star talks about Iheanacho goals against Villa

Ex-England star talks about Iheanacho goals against Villa

They were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Villa.

Kelechi Iheanacho revealed his delight after saving Leicester's blushes against Aston Villa. Let's create this new history but we know we're going to have to play well to get there.

"We can take a lot of confidence and belief from the performance and to leave here unbeaten", said Smith.

Villa defender Ezri Konsa was booked for time-wasting as he dallied over a free kick inside his own half, then compounded that by playing a short, misguided pass to team-mate Douglas Luiz, who was immediately dispossessed by Leicester substitute Hamza Choudhury.

Villa fans can just be pleased that they have Grealish in their ranks and he's definitely the key behind the club trying to avoid relegation in the Premier League. "Of course, we have a Premier League game next (against Southampton), but I think we'll concentrate on that then we'll go to Villa Park and see what happens".

The second leg victor will play Manchester City or Manchester United in the final at Wembley, with City leading 3-1 after their first leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

And for a long time during Wednesday's 1-1 draw, it looked as though Villa might actually eke out a win at the King Power and take a slim aggregate lead back to Villa Park for the decider later in the month.

Leicester created the first chance when Ayoze Perez's lead deviated shortly after 13 minutes.

"He's a big talent", said the Leicester boss.

Villa will stump up £110,000 per week in wages to land Drinkwater on loan, as the Blues play on Villa's desperation to bolster their midfield. They put us under pressure as good teams do at home.

"Overall I thought we dominated the game".

Rodgers chose to play Youri Tielemans in a deeper-than-usual midfield role as a replacement for Ndidi, but felt it was "all too slow and not aggressive enough" in the first half. "And we did a bit tonight".

Leicester struggled to regroup and Villa nearly doubled their lead three minutes before the break.

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