Mahrez settling in as brace indicates
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.