Mahrez, Man City's trump card since the takeover

The end of the championships following the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18) seems to have given a semblance of fresh air to Riyad Mahrez who is enjoying the Premier League grounds in England.

His nightmarish start to the season is now behind him, the Algerian international coming from afar just when Manchester City, who are struggling to retain their title against Arsenal, need him most in the league title race.

Mahrez the “priceless” player par excellence

What club would not dream of having a decisive and collective player of the caliber of Riyad Mahrez among its own?

The captain of the Greens has in his active time 6 goals and 3 offerings in 7 games played since the return post-World Cup. The stats speak for his commitment to the green rectangle and praise him as Man City’s best player alongside Erling Haaland as well as being one of the most prolific wingers on European pitches. Who better to talk about him than his coach Pep Guardiola?

Amazed by the performances displayed by his player, the Spanish coach of the Cityzens indulged in a particular idyll in a post-match press conference against Tottenham on January 19: “ Riyadh Mahrez? What an exceptional player. Before the World Cup he was on vacation, now he realizes that “.

Guardiola reminds his player how exceptional he can be when he wants. We will remember in particular an extraordinary performance against Tottenham, the Algerian was behind the Remontada of his family. Offset on the goal of Alvarez, a magnificent pass addressed from the head to find that of Haaland and a double on the hats of wheels which allows the Mancunians to sign a good victory (4-2), after having been led 2-0 at the break, and stay alive for the title.

Mahrez set to join Drogba once again in legend

After equaling Didier Drogba’s first record by becoming the most successful African player in the Premier League, Riyad Mahrez is only one unit away from equaling the record for the best African passer in the Premier League (55 assists). At 54 decisive offerings, the child of Sarcelles (Val d’Oise) could thus write history against Tottenham on February 5, Salah is behind him with 51 assists.

Two doubles in the space of 11 days

If you haven’t yet realized that “Mahrez Prime is not just a legend that is told to remember the time when the current citizen carried Leicester City to the title, it is that you have not learned or understood anything about his talent.

Before achieving the unimaginable against Spurs on January 19 in the Premier League, the Algerian had already made an impression by showering the dreams of the other London club, Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Double scorer, the emblematic number 26 of Manchester City notably offered an XXL goal on a beautifully executed free kick to find the skylight of the Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The goal marked the spirits but also confirmed the return of Mahrez to his best level. One could even say that it is from there that the steamroller started or rather that the raz-de-Mahrez began to take everything in its path. The rest we all know: 4 decisive times in three games (2 goals and 2 assists). Just that !