Pep con­tent in sur­vival mode

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Riyad Mahrez looked lost and short of con­fi­dence be­fore fi­nally get­ting the hook in the sec­ond half against New­cas­tle. The Al­ge­rian winger doesn’t seem to know whether to stick or twist in his at­tack­ing role — pass­ing when he should take on his man, or try­ing to drift past the full back when the Mag­pies had cover. There’s no doubt­ing his tal­ent as every­one saw in his vi­tal role dur­ing Le­ices­ter City’s ti­tle-win­ning cam­paign. But he needs some­thing to go his way at the Eti­had be­cause af­ter four games in a lighter shade of blue, he’s not of­fer­ing the same threat that City had in their Cen­tu­rion sea­son with­out him.

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