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Man City: Guardiola urges Mahrez to improve amid reduced game time

Riyad Mahrez, Man City
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The Algerian star has made only one start for the Citizens since August.

Pep Guardiola has insisted Riyad Mahrez needs to regain his best form after finding less game time at Manchester City.

Mahrez has slowly lost his crucial role in City’s attacking line in recent months. Phil Foden has thrived at the right-hand side of Guardiola’s system, forcing the Algerian out of the starting lineup.

“He knows it,” Guardiola told a press conference ahead of City’s upcoming Champions League game against Copenhagen.

“I know perfectly Riyad. We need him to come back to his best and when he’s the best – personality, ability, quality, his love for the game.

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“Step-by-step he will come back. Now he’s not playing much but he has to come back in better physical condition. The rest, I cannot teach him anything – he’s too good.”

Mahrez has made ten appearances for Guardiola’s side this season, failing to register goals and assists in the process.

His performances, however, haven’t impacted City’s incredible attacking stats. Thanks to Erling Haaland’s wonderful start at Etihad, the Citizens have scored 36 goals in their 11 matches so far.

Having won their first two games in the Champions League, City will host Copenhagen this Wednesday before taking on Southampton in their next league game.