Riyadh Mahrez joined Manchester City back in the summer of 2018.
He was an incredibly successful player at Leicester City prior to that and key to them winning the league back in 2016/17. However, Mahrez had to adjust his football after he joined Pep Guardiola’s team. Unlike at Leicester, Manchester City’s footballing structure was extremely framed up by the Pep tactics.
The Algerian was a star at Leicester having won the Player of the Year in 2016/17 but after his move to City, he was overlooked for a long time before breaking into the first team.
“At a club like City, they don’t have time to wait because we are 20 players, top players,” Mahrez told Sky Sports. “I was on the bench and the other players were performing, so it was difficult for me to come back.”
Mahrez explained: “When I arrived at City, I noticed how everyone sits back so you have to think differently. You have to deal differently with your opponent, and in my case the left-back because he’s always in front of me. They also always have help around him, with a midfielder or the winger, so you have to change your play and your movement.
“You have to adapt to this… it took me a little bit of time but now I feel I’m set up very well.”