Saturday May 08, 2021. 13:00
Riyad Mahrez says all the pressure is on Chelsea ahead of Saturday’s English Premier League showdown at Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City will clinch the Premier League title with victory over the Blues, who are eager to maintain their hopes of a top four finish and Uefa Champions League qualification for next season.
Time is on the Cityzens’ side with four games remaining and even if they fail to win any of those fixtures, Pep Guardiola’s troops look set to clinch a fifth Premier League crown.
“We want to win to become champions but they also want to win because they want to finish fourth. The pressure will be more on them,” said Mahrez ahead of the encounter.
The two Premier League clubs will also meet in the Uefa Champions League final later this month, while Chelsea also have a FA Cup final to look forward to. The Blues, who have improved dramatically under Thomas Tuchel’s tutelage, beat City in the semi finals.
Mahrez, 30, has been in great form this season, especially of late. In total, the Algeria international has scored 14 goals and assisted a further seven in 45 matches across all competitions.
The City winger scored three times for the club in their 4-1 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain.