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Mahrez boosted by Manchester City and Algeria title successes

08:08 GMT 29/10/2019
Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2019-20
The winger helped the Citizens to clinch four titles last season and played a key role as the Desert Foxes won the Afcon trophy in July

Riyad Mahrez has stated the title-winning feats by Manchester City and Algeria has boosted his confidence to aim for greater heights.

The 28-year-old forward helped the Citizens claim four domestic trophies last season, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield.

Mahrez then captained Algeria to their first Africa Cup of Nations title in 29 years in Egypt, after defeating Senegal 1-0 in the final.

“To win all four here in the country has never happened so we know we created history,” Mahrez told the Guardian.

“As well as this, a big moment for me was winning the Afcon for my country. It was one of the best emotions I have had in my career and life.

“It means a lot to me. It is a big responsibility, but I think it makes me more active [inspired] and I think I must help and give more to help. It was a big moment and emotional.

“It was unforgettable. I did this for Algeria and for my family. I always watched Algeria and they never won this type of thing.

“The last time they won was 29 years ago and I wasn’t even born. For me it was a big ambition to try and bring something for the country because it is a big country of football. The desire was to give everything and to give them something.”

Mahrez also reflected on his stunning match-winning free-kick against Nigeria in the Afcon semi-final.

“I watched the clock and saw it was 90 minutes [gone]. I knew it was the last chance before extra time, so I was very focused,” he continued.

“At first, I wanted to put it under the wall and then I saw the guy behind the wall, so I focused myself on the keeper’s side and I scored.

"It was a big moment for me, and I was very happy and for the country it was unbelievable. Sometimes I watch the video and think: ‘Wow, what have I done?’ It is unbelievable.

“It something that will stay forever. I always knew how [good] I can become – it helped me with my confidence.”