Guardiola: Why I didn't play Iheanacho against Huddersfield

EPL By: Olakunle Brown | 20/02/2017

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has revealed that the major reason why he refused to use Kelechi Iheancho in the goalless draw against Huddersfield during the FA Cup match on Saturday was because he needed to bring in a creative midfielder in the match instead of a striker.

The 20-year-old Super Eagles forward has not played in six consecutive fixtures for the Citizens and reports are growing of the player’s restlessness at the Etihad despite the manager trying to quell the rumours by hailing the Nigerian as a true professional.

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City lost Gabriel Jesus to a lengthen injury, so Sergio Aguero returned to the starting XI making space for Iheanacho on the bench but with the game goalless in the second half, Pep decided to introduce a midfielder instead of the Nigerian and has defended his decision.

“We have only one striker (Iheanacho) on the bench, but we wanted to bring in creativity in the midfield and also inject pace on the wings, that was why we didn’t introduce a striker for a striker,” he revealed.

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“Huddersfield Town were very organised at the back and kudos to them for keeping the scores at 0-0, we go again in few days time in what will be an interesting tie.”

With the goalless draw, Huddersfield Town earned a replay which will hold at the Etihad.