Born in the Parisian suburbs, Mahrez relishes his reunion with the club of his city with a place at the stake for the final of the Champions League.
Despite the defeat against Bayern Munich in August 2020 in Lisbon, PSG had achieved what they had never managed to do: qualify for a Champions League final. The objective of the Qatari owners since their arrival in 2011 had finally been validated even if it now remains to go to the end.
This goal, their Emirati counterparts from Manchester City would finally like to achieve it. Having bought the club at the end of the 2000s, the owners of the club had the ambition to make Citizens a stronghold in the Premier League and in Europe. As far as the English championship is concerned, the objective has long been fulfilled.
But in Europe, it’s a whole different story. City never reached the final and it even remains on unflattering eliminations against Olympique Lyonnais, Tottenham or Kylian Mbappé’s Monaco.
Opposed to PSG in the semi-final of the Champions League, Pep Guardiola’s men will have the mission of defeating the Indian sign and offering the club the first C1 final in its history. To achieve this, it will obviously be necessary to leave the gang to Neymar on the low side in a double confrontation that promises.
If the fans salivate in advance, it is also the case of Riyad Mahrez. Scorer against Borussia Dortmund, the Algerian will be keen to shine against a club that is dear to him.
Indeed, although he is international with the Fennecs, Mahrez was born in Sarcelles, in the Parisian suburbs and spent all his childhood there. Playing against PSG will therefore be a special moment for the Citizen.
“It’s very good for me, it’s special because I’m from Paris. I was born in Paris, I grew up in Paris, so it will be special. I’m very happy to play against this team, it will be a very great match. We also have a lot of meetings before, with the FA Cup semi-final and the Carabao Cup final. After that, we’ll have time to think about this match and focus on it “, released the former player from Le Havre to the English media.