Mahrez set­tling in as brace in­di­cates

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PREMIER LEAGUE: Riyad Mahrez feels he is set to reap the re­wards after ad­just­ing to life at Manch­ester City.

Mahrez has had lim­ited game time since City broke their club trans­fer record in July by sign­ing him from Le­ices­ter for £60m.

But the Al­ge­ria in­ter­na­tional claimed his first City goals on Satur­day as a sec­ond-half brace helped the Premier League cham­pi­ons de­mol­ish Cardiff 5-0.

“It’s not been a tough time for me,” Mahrez said after scor­ing two in a league game for the first time since Le­ices­ter’s ti­tlewin­ning sea­son of 2015-16.

“When you ar­rive at a big club you have to adapt to the style. The man­ager (Pep Guardi­ola) has helped me a lot, and in the last two weeks I have felt a lot bet­ter.

“You can see that on the pitch. I never com­plain, I just work hard in train­ing, and it’s pay­ing now. But I have to keep go­ing – scor­ing is not a fi­nal thing.

“The style of play is dif­fer­ent, but I stayed at Le­ices­ter for nearly five years and knew I would need time to adapt at a new club like City.”

City were al­ready 3-0 up and cruis­ing through first-half goals from Ser­gio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gun­do­gan be­fore Mahrez’s in­tro­duc­tion just after the hour mark.

Mahrez opened his City ac­count within six min­utes be­fore a cus­tom­ary left-footed drive from the 27-year-old.

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