Riyad Mahrez admitted Manchester City had to change tactics to defeat Paris Saint-German after their brace booked their place in the Champions League final.
The Citizens led 2-1 after the first leg at Parc des Princes. And they got a 2-0 complete victory on the night and a 4-1 overall success with a stellar performance at the Etihad Stadium. Mahrez opened the scoring in the 11th minute, picking up the rebound after Kevin de Bruyne the first shot had been recorded.
Then he put the tie out of doubt in the 63rd minute, converting the excellent center of Phil Foden at the far post. Angel Di Maria was sent off for the visitors six minutes before the second goal.
And Mahrez felt Pep Guardiola’s men found their marks as the game progressed.
“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, ”he said. BT Sport. “We played well in the second half and we could have scored more. They lost their temper and started kicking us and after the red card it was more comfortable.
PSG were forced to go on the offensive after the early goal left them 3-1 behind on aggregate. This meant City were stuck in their own half for long stretches of time, relying on quick escapes for their attacks.
And, although not in the pre-match briefing, the African felt it was essential to be able to adapt to the situation.
“It was not the game plan to counterattack, but they had to come towards us and maybe sometimes we were a little deeper and we are good on the counter,” he added. . “This is how the two goals were born and we are happy.”
Mahrez is already looking to the future
City will play either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final. They have already won the EFL Cup and can conclude the championship with a victory over the Blues on Saturday.
It was a superb season for the giants of the north-west and the Algerian international believes he has found the formula for success.
“You have to be strong and everyone has to be strong defensively and that’s why we did it,” continued the 30-year-old. “We didn’t concede a lot and I think that’s why we’re in the final. Its good.
“We have another game on Saturday, we have to win to be league champions, and then we will focus on the Champions League final.”
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