City’s best has Pep in raptures
RIYAD Mahrez scored twice as Manchester City delivered “one of their best” Champions League efforts to thrash Club Brugge 5-1 and re-emphasise its status as a major contender for a first European crown.
Joao Cancelo gave City a deserved lead on the half-hour and Mahrez converted a penalty just before the break as the side bounced back in style from last month’s loss to PSG.
Kyle Walker added a third early in the second half and 19year-old Cole Palmer bagged his first Champions League goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Hans Vanaken pulled a goal back but Mahrez capped a thumping City victory with his second of the night.
“It was one of the best performances in Europe we’ve done,” manager Pep Guardiola said. “We are all delighted. We were so good.”
The win leaves City with six points after three games in Group A ahead of the champions of England and Belgium meeting again in two weeks in Manchester.
A win will have them on the verge of qualifying for the next round of the tournament.