Guardiola on Mahrez: His form is recovering and he is an excellent player
Manchester City beat Chelsea 4-0 at home and advanced to the next round of the FA Cup. Mahrez shined in this game. After the game, Guardiola gave Mahrez a very high evaluation.
Mahrez scored twice in this game. He first scored directly from a free kick, opening the scoring for Manchester City, and then created a penalty. The Algerian striker, who was criticized for his lack of form earlier this season, appears to have made a marked comeback this game.
Guardiola said: “Step by step, Mahrez is getting better and better. Now he is not in the best state, but his state is recovering. Maybe Mahrez encountered problems after returning last summer, Not the World Cup. The quality of the players is everything. Riyad Mahrez loves to play football and today he helped us win the game and played very well. He has a great performance on the wing. He has not lost his love for football, he I like playing football.”
“If Riyad Mahrez was on the bench today, I would have told him. The way he trains and the way he plays defensively is much better now. Even when we went to Dubai for training during the World Cup, he played like that. Riyad Mahrez It’s nothing like it used to be, I can guarantee that.”
“Majeres is an excellent player, I know his importance. I want Mahrez to play. He was not a starter in the last game, and he still played a role that cannot be ignored when he came off the bench. He is still as effective as he is. Same with Aston Villa. It’s all up to them.”
“Sometimes they will complain when they play like this, and I say you should play. But Mahrez couldn’t play before because his performance is far worse than now.”