In an interview with the Team, after Manchester City’s qualification for the Champions League final by eliminating PSG, Riyad Mahrez tries to explain the difference between the two groups. In particular on the efforts made to defend.
How to explain this elimination of PSG by Manchester City in the semi-final of the Champions League? And this feeling that logic has been so respected in this double confrontation? Beyond a certain lack of realism on the part of the Parisian attackers, the explanation seems more collective.
This is what Riyad Mahrez suggests in an interview with the Team. Asked about the evolution of his game since his arrival in Pep Guardiola’s team and the efforts made to lose the ball, the former Leicester player insists on one point: at the Skyblues, everyone must provide efforts for defensive tasks.
“At a very, very high level, if you don’t defend, you can penalize your team”
“Pep (Guardiola) really imbued us with this aggressiveness at the loss of the ball. To be a very, very high level player, you have to make that kind of effort. Me, I don’t defend very well, but I do. do to help my teammates. At a very, very high level, if you don’t defend, you can penalize your team, insists the Algerian. After that when you are (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi, Neymar or Mbappé, and you have such extraordinary qualities, maybe you can ignore some defensive tasks, but at the finish line, when you look at paris, you think it’s hard to win the Champions League if everyone isn’t defending. “
Words addressed to Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, often criticized for their lack of defensive involvement? Riyad Mahrez tempers his remarks: “I saw Neymar defend a lot, Mbappé also in the first leg … I think we were a little better than the Parisians overall. We did not qualify simply because that two players would have defended less. ” We will have to put it back against Chelsea and their formidable … defensive system.