Mahrez: It wasn’t our plan to counter-attack

Mahrez: It wasn’t our plan to counter-attack
Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez scores their side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday May 05, 2021. 14:33

Algerian star Riyad Mahrez has revealed that Manchester City did not set out to play on the counter-attack in their UEFA Champions League semifinal decider against Paris Saint-Germain last night.

Mahrez scored two goals – both from counter-attacking moves – in the 11th and 63rd minutes as the Citizens defeated PSG 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to complete a 4-1 aggregate triumph and book a place in the competition’s final for the first time in their history.

“It was a very good game. We didn’t start well again – we didn’t have a good first half but we got the goal and we were more comfortable,” explained the Algerian, who put in a five-star performance against the club from his city of birth.

“We played well second half and we could have scored more. After the red card it was more comfortable

“It wasn’t the game plan to counter-attack, but they had to come at us and maybe at times we were a bit deeper and we are good on the counter.

“That’s how the two goals came about and we are happy. Of course Ederson’s long pass [for the first goal] was planned.

“We know he is capable of putting the ball in the other goal. We practice it all the time and today it worked.”

City will go on to face either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on Saturday 29 May. The Blues and Los Blancos will meet in the second leg of their semifinal at Stamford Bridge tonight, with the tie locked at 1-1.

Watch the highlights of City’s Mahrez-inspired victory over PSG:

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