Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez during the game
Monday Sep 17, 2018. 16:00
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola is confident that Riyad Mahrez will come good, despite the winger's slow start to life at the Etihad.
Mahrez enjoyed an impressive pre-season for the Sky Blues, but has struggled to break into the club's starting eleven since the start of the English Premier League season. In total, the Algeria international has started two of the club's five games and is yet to contribute directly to a goal.
Guardiola, though, has backed the 27-year-old to flourish for the champions in the same way that teammate Bernardo Silva has over time.
"In the beginning it was a little bit difficult [for Bernardo]," said Guardiola.
"He came from France to England and even for me I needed a period to know, to understand a little bit and everything about the way we wanted to play and in the way that we are aggressive without the ball.
"Sometimes we need more time. It has happened a little bit with Riyad. It is going to happen in the future.
"Riyad is going to come back the same like we saw with Leicester [City] or with Bernardo right now, and that is why I like to work with these kind of players. They always try their best.
"For 60, 90 20 minutes all the time they play with the smile and for him and the team."