In contention to win the Champions League with Manchester City, Mahrez dreams of winning the World Cup with Algeria.
Riyad Mahrez took the time but finally got there. Arrived at Manchester City two seasons ago, the Algerian winger took the full measure of what it was to evolve in a top club. After complicated first steps and a status of luxury joker, the former Le Havre has fully integrated into the system of Pep Guardiola and played a real role in the second part of the season of the Citizens.
Triple scorer during the double confrontation against PSG in the semi-final of the Champions League, the Algerian lifted his third champion’s trophy of England on Sunday. With 9 goals and 6 assists, he took full advantage of Guardiola’s ingenuity to be more decisive. At 30, he arrives at the stage of maturity and has the opportunity to add a new line to his record with the C1 final on Saturday against Chelsea.
“Pep (Guardiola) is a great coach who makes you progress a lot tactically, but also progress in your way of seeing the game and understanding football, he confides at the microphone of beINSPORTS. He has an influence on the club therefore necessarily his work has helped move everyone on the team forward. “
Having developed as a player but also as a man under the orders of the Spaniard, Riyad Mahrez has established himself as a technical and now vocal leader. Appointed captain of Algeria since Djamel Belmadi took over the selection in the summer of 2018, the former best player in the Premier League has become a real executive. In his new leadership costume, Mahrez took his country to the title at CAN 2019 and now has high goals with the Fennecs.
“We cannot be satisfied with an African Cup or twenty games without defeat. We want to get this qualification for the World Cup. We want to try to do something at the next African Cup. generation, this coach, this organization deserve this and we will give everything to succeed. “
“I am aware that by winning the African Cup, this generation has achieved important things for the country”, before going on to the weight of football in Algerian society: “We know that Algeria, football is the number one subject. There, football is placed above a lot of things for a large number of people. This means that we are seen there as much more than just footballers. “