Thursday Mar 04, 2021. 12:00
Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez is a player with ‘special quality’ according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
The accomplished Spanish tactician paid tribute to speedy winger after another man of the match display by the player in City’s record-equalling 4-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.
The Algerian has been in the magnificent form of late and he was again at his mesmeric best at the Etihad Stadium where scored the Citizens’ third goal in the English Premier League game.
Wolves defender-cum-midfielder Leander Dendoncker netted an own goal and a brace from Gabriel Jesus sealed City’s 21st consecutive win.
As he reflected on the victory – which saw City equal our club record of going 28 games unbeaten in all competitions – Guardiola was effusive in his praise for Mahrez.
“The last games were outstanding. He played really well. He has a special quality,” Guardiola told the club’s official website.
“He is a guy who dances on the pitch. He doesn’t lose balls on the pitch. He makes the extra pass.
“He attracts opponents on the pitch and after he makes a pass in behind. He makes fantastic crosses. We knew it,” he added.
“At Leicester City, he was outstanding with Jamie Vardy. That’s why we pushed for him. We hope he can continue.”
Mahrez has played 34 matches across all competitions thus far for City this season – netting eight goals and provided five assists in the process.