Manchester City’s hero against PSG on Tuesday night, Riyad Mahrez returned to his crazy evening.
The Algerian star was on fire in the semi-final second leg against PSG, scoring twice to secure Guardiola’s men a place in the grand final.
The Manchester City winger spoke out after his side’s 2-0 triumph over PSG in Tuesday night’s second leg and explained how their pre-arranged plan paid off in for City, who secured a place for the final.
“Algerian pride” as it is called in its homeland scored three of the four goals the Citizens scored in their 4-1 overall victory in the home and away matches, sending Pep Guardiola’s men back to the League final champions for the first time in the history of the club.
“It was a good game, we didn’t play very well in the first half but we scored a goal that put us at ease and then we played well in the second half.” Mahrez told BT Sport.
“We could have scored more. The PSG players lost their focus and started kicking us and after Di María’s red card the game got easier. We didn’t aim for the counterattacks, but they had to attack us and we are good at blocks and that’s how we scored the two goals, ”he added.
Mahrez also spoke about the tactics leading up to the opening goal, saying it was something City have repeated over and over. “Of course Ederson’s long ball was expected. We know his ability to get the ball close to the other team’s goal. We work on this all the time and today the plan worked,” he said. he declared.
The 30-year-old also noted that City’s defensive strength and not conceding many goals was a crucial factor in reaching the final. Mahrez concluded by saying that City will now focus on the Premier League title on Saturday against Chelsea before starting to think about the Champions League final.