Kelechi Iheanacho declares his ‘love’ for the FA Cup after sending Leicester to the final

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Kelechi Iheanacho declares his ‘love’ for the FA Cup after the Leicester hero scores the winner against Southampton to send the Foxes to their first final in over 50 years

  • Kelechi Iheanacho sent Leicester to the FA Cup final with his match-winning goal
  • The Foxes forward has scored more FA Cup goals than anyone since 2015-16
  • Leicester will face Chelsea in the final that will take place on May 15

Leicester hero Kelechi Iheanacho declared his love for the FA Cup after leaving Leicester with the dream of taking the trophy for the first time in their history.

Iheanacho scored the only goal – his 10th in the last seven games – early in the second half to end Southampton’s season and set up a final with Chelsea, Leicester’s first since 1969.

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, no player has scored more in this competition than Iheanacho, who also struck twice and knocked out Manchester United in the last eight.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored the match winner and sent Leicester to the FA Cup final

Kelechi Iheanacho scored the match winner and sent Leicester to the FA Cup final

Foxes' forward has declared his love for the cup as he dreams of disbanding it next month

Foxes' forward has declared his love for the cup as he dreams of disbanding it next month

Foxes’ forward has declared his love for the cup as he dreams of disbanding it next month

“The FA Cup loves me and I love the FA Cup,” said Iheanacho. ‘I was in the right place at the right time. I’ve been unlucky in recent years, but I’m fine now and I need to get to the next level. ‘

Vardy’s brilliant blaze and cross triggered Iheanacho’s strike, and the Nigerian added, ‘The partnership is excellent. He has pace, he has everything. He set the target and I was in the right place at the right time. ‘

No one has scored more than Iheanacho in the FA Cup since the start of the 2015-16 season

No one has scored more than Iheanacho in the FA Cup since the start of the 2015-16 season

No one has scored more than Iheanacho in the FA Cup since the start of the 2015-16 season

Boss Brendan Rodgers has also reached his first FA Cup final after losing to Aston Villa six years ago while in charge of Liverpool. Rodgers also has Leicester competing for a top-four finish this term.

He said: ‘The club has waited a long time to go to an FA Cup final. It is something that I am well aware of and something that means a lot to the supporters.

‘We’ve earned it. We didn’t give in to any attempt at goal, and as the game went on we looked really good.

‘The two [Vardy and Iheanacho] are a real threat. Jamie may not score, but he gives us so much and Kelechi is such a great guy who is at the top in terms of confidence. ‘

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said, “I think we left everything on the field today, but we didn’t have any shots on target. It was a bit unlucky how we conceded the goal.

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