Pep Guardiola will continue to push Riyad Mahrez even more as Manchester City nears the end of the season’s business.
ahrez is having a stellar season, scoring 21 times to save Man City in three leagues.
It was the Algerian’s best goal since he joined the club in 2018 – his previous best was 14 seasons ago – but Guardiola remains unsatisfied.
The City manager said: “He’s scored a lot of goals, cards, assists and everything and part of that is the quality he has to read the game perfectly. . When he has to attack, he has to pass.
“But I wouldn’t say it was his best season because he’s been playing in the Premier League at a high level for many years.
“Last season he was special. He was very important in the final quarter of the season and played really well.
“I try to push him a lot. We strive together because I know the quality he has. ”
Guardiola wants that quality on display as City strive to win their fourth Premier League title in five seasons, as well as win the Champions League and FA Cup.
The whole club has a very high opinion of him and his qualitiesPep Guardiola on Riyad Mahrez
He has no doubt the 31-year-old belongs to the elite and with his contract extension coming, he has made that clear to him.
Mahrez has one season left on the five-year deal he signed after his then-record club moved from Leicester in 2018.
“He’s a player I admire because of the way he handles pressure,” said Guardiola. “He loves to play on the biggest stages and it is difficult to find players like that at top clubs.
“Not just me, but the whole club have a very high opinion of him and his qualities.
“He is an outstanding player. He is a player that many teams want to have. He knows my opinion”.
Mahrez himself is pleased his season has passed but accepts that he still has a lot to offer.
“I always thought I needed to add more things to my game,” he said. Pep also worked with me a lot to do this, to improve more in my runs, to be better in the box and where you can score goals.
“That’s what we have to try to do. When you’re playing and the team is playing well and you’re playing your part, that’s the best thing you can do for yourself and the club.
“I’m trying to work hard to help the team and if you can be a part of all the games that’s even better.
“Of course, there’s a lot of satisfaction because of everything you do during the week, and all these years you’ve been doing it, it’s been trying to do what I’m doing right now, which is scoring goals, scoring goals create and try to do. good to help the team.
“On top of that, the team is playing really well and everyone is performing so that’s for the best.”
Man City have a chance to restore their six-point advantage over Liverpool at the top of the table when they travel to Crystal Palace on Monday.
“We just played each game,” Mahrez said. “It was the best we could do. We just need to play.
“We have to play against Palace first and try to give everything to try to win.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/pep-guardiola-trying-to-get-even-more-from-in-form-riyad-mahrez-41443228.html Pep Guardiola is trying to get more from Riyad Mahrez in form