‘Scoring isn’t the final thing’ - Mahrez admits there's more Manchester City settling in to do

The summer signing opened his Citizens account with two goals against the Premier League newcomers at the weekend

Despite scoring his first Manchester City goals, Riyad Mahrez admitted that he has not reached the ‘final’ stage of adaptation at the Etihad outfit.

Since joining the Citizens in a club-record deal from Leicester City in the summer, the 2016 PFA Player of the Year winner has yet to fully get going.

However, in Saturday's Premier League encounter against Cardiff City, he came off the bench after the hour mark and scored a brace to wrap up a 5-0 victory for the top-flight champions.

But the Algeria international, who dismissed claims it has been a ‘tough time’ in Manchester, believes he still has to adapt to Pep Guardiola's style.

“It’s not been a tough time for me,” Mahrez said.
“When you arrive at a big club you have to adapt to the style. The manager has helped me a lot, and in the last two weeks, I have felt a lot better.

“You can see that on the pitch. I never complain, I just work hard in training, and it’s paying (off) now.

“But I have to keep going – scoring is not a final thing.

“The style of play is different, but I stayed at Leicester for nearly five years and knew I would need time to adapt at a new club like City.”

City pulled off a completely different performance from what was on display in their Champions League howler against Lyon who defeated them 2-1 at home.

“The manager told us it’s always good to refocus properly because whether you win or lose, it is always difficult after a Champions League game.

“It’s another game, another atmosphere, and coming away in the league to a place like Cardiff, you need to be on it from the beginning.

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“When you win you are on top of everything, and when you lose they put you back down straight away.

“That’s why you have to stay strong mentally and always be the same, to keep going every game.”

Ahead of City’s League Cup third round clash against Oxford United on Tuesday, Mahrez will hope to ride on the momentum his showing against Neil Warnock’s side has created and follow up with another noteworthy display.