Man City Otamendi Plays Down Burst Up With Iheanacho In Argentina 2-4 Loss To Nigeria

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Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has played down the burst up he had with former Man City forward Kelechi Iheanacho during Nigeria’s 4-2 win over Argentina.

Otamendi had a spat with Iheanacho whose his teammate few months ago before his move to Leicester City, ‎as his trailing elbow caught him in the face during an aerial duel in the early stages of the game.

Otamendi’s angry reaction was met with a cool smile by Iheanacho who stood at the spot as the Argentine received treatment on the pitch, a sign of how remorseful he felt about the incident.

Although he was shown a yellow card for the foul, Otamendi speaking after the game played talks of a burst up with Iheanacho by saying it was all done in the heat of the game.

” He (Iheanacho) caught me with his elbow and I didn’t like it, maybe my reaction was a bit over the top, but we are cool. He apologised and we have both moved on”, Otamendi told Argentine sports channel TyC.

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On the loss to Nigeria, the 29 year old tagged it as a blessing in disguise as it has exposed the areas they need to wotk on ahead of the World Cup in Russia next year.

” The defeat is positive because it means there are things to improve ; we will try to correct the things that were done wrong and to do better in the next friendly matches in preparations for the World Cup “.

Michael James