Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised the mentality of his Algerian side’s star Riyad Mahrez in facing big games.
Mahrez is known for his brilliance in major fixtures on a consistent basis, and the most outstanding proof of this is his success in defeating Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the European Champions League last season. last season, to lead Man. Ciudad to the final of the competition for the first time in its history.
“I’m trying to put a lot of pressure on him. We suffer together because I know his quality. He’s a player I like because of his ability to deal with pressure,” Guardiola said in remarks collected by Manchester City’s official website before facing Crystal Palace. in the league scheduled for Monday.
Pep went on to praise the Algerian international: “Mehrez loves to play the big games. It is difficult to find players of his quality. This is not only my opinion, but everyone in the club has positive opinions about Mahrez and his quality which is not in doubt.”
Riyadh is on the mend this season with City as he contributed 28 goals in all competitions, scoring 21 goals and scoring a further 7 as the best goal of his career in English stadiums.
Pep believes that: “Mahrez is an exceptional player that you would like to have in your team, he scores a lot of goals, takes penalties with success and scores goals, and apart from his technical quality, he reads the games very well, knows how to attack and when to keep passing. “
And on whether the current season is the best for the Algerian international with the team, the Spanish coach replied: “I will not say that this season is the best for him or not, because he has been playing in the English Premier League for years at the highest level. Last season, for example, was exceptional. He was very important and he played very well in the fourth quarter”.
It should be noted that Riyad Mahrez participated last season with Manchester City in 48 games last season in all competitions, in which he scored 14 goals and made 9 with a total of 23 goalscoring contributions.