Pep Guardiola confident of Riyad Mahrez's Manchester City success

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Although the 27-year-old is yet to hit the form that endeared him to Leicester City’s faithful, the boss is upbeat he will settle in soon

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is confident that summer recruit Riyad Mahrez will be a success at the Etihad Stadium outfit.

The former Leicester City influential winger is yet to hit the form that made the Premier League champions pay a record £60 million for his services.

This season, the Algeria international has only started two games for City and is yet to open his goal account.

However, the Catalan is upbeat that the winger will replicate his Leicester form but needs time to settle in, similar to Bernardo Silva who struggled on his arrival to the Etihad Stadium.

“Sometimes we need more time,” Guardiola said as per Manchester Evening.

“It has happened a little bit with Riyad. It is going to happen in the future.

“Riyad is going to come back to the same form we saw when he was with Leicester and the way Bernardo is right now.

“In the beginning, it was a little bit difficult for Bernardo.

“He came from France and even for me I needed a period to know, to understand everything about the way we wanted to play and in the way that we are aggressive without the ball.

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“That is why I like to work with these kind of players. They always try their best. All the time they play with a smile.”

Mahrez will hope to get more playing time when Manchester City tackle Olympique Lyon in Wednesday’s Champions League game.

 

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