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Pellegrini Hails Kelechi Iheanacho and Manu Garcia Following League Cup Win

Kelechi Iheanacho scored once and provided two assists in Manchester City's 5-1 Capital One Cup

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Manager Manuel Pellegrini spoke to reporters following the 5-1 Manchester City triumph over Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup.  Specifically he discussed youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho and Manu Garcia who both ended up on the scoresheet.

"It was very important for Kelechi to demonstrate once again that he's a very good player," the manager said.

"He's not just a striker - he provided two assists - I'm very happy for him. He has things to improve but he's working in the correct way.

"I had no doubt in him - I see how he works every day and his personality is important and it's important for him to play with important players.

"Kelechi is not a box striker, he's not just a finisher - he must improve his control as he needs to do it better but he always plays with his head up as he showed creating the goal for Kevin.

"After that, with more space for Manu Garcia. He's a player who can play behind the striker or as a striker and he can arrive into the box to score the goals as he did tonight."