Champions League: Stats reveal Mahrez is Manchester City’s key attacking player
Posted On May 5, 2021
The African star has demonstrated his reliability in Pep Guardiola’s squad this quarter after throwing them past the Parisians
Riyad Mahrez has now scored six goals in his last five Champions League appearances for Manchester City, having scored twice as the Citizens beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Of the six contributions, four of them are goals while the other two are assists.
With just 11 minutes left in the semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium, the Algeria international put his team in the lead with a cool effort.
Goalkeeper Ederson Moraes spotted Oleksandr Zinchenko on the left and pulled him out for Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgium international’s shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Marquinhos in the middle, but the defender played it straight to Mahrez who slammed him through the goal, ahead of Keylor Navas and in the most corner. low.
The strike saw him equal Sadio Mane’s record as the second Premier League player to score in both rounds of the competition’s semi-final.
Despite an improved effort after the first encashment, the Parisians of Mauricio Pochettino tried in vain to obtain an equalizer as they entered at half-time to break a goal.
Mahrez completed his brace in the 63rd minute with an assist from Phil Foden. In a brilliant counterattack that caught PSG off guard, the Englishman pierced a dangerous ball through the six-meter penalty area as the African passed the goalkeeper.
The former Leicester City star has now passed Yacine Brahimi to become Algeria’s top scorer in Champions League history with ten goals.
Overall, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winner has been directly involved in 21 goals in the 2020-2021 campaign in all competitions for the six-time English Kings.
PSG’s ambition to launch a comeback proved aborted as Argentina superstar Angel Di Maria was given the marching orders in the 69th minute by referee Bjorn Kuipers for a thoughtless challenge on Fernandinho.
Manchester City have now reached the Champions League final after a 4-1 overall victory over Pochettino’s side.
Their attention turns to the Premier League where they face Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on Saturday, with Mahrez set to play a crucial role in the successful match.