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‘Best in the world’ – Man City’s Riyad Mahrez sparks bold claims on verge of new season

Winger Riyad Mahrez continued his excellent run of pre-season form by scoring for the third game running during Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Blackpool at the Academy Stadium this evening.

The Algerian international, who is set to embark on his fourth season at the Etihad Stadium later this week when Pep Guardiola’s side face Leicester City in the FA Community Shield at Wembley, netted City’s second goal as they secured a third successive pre-season victory.

Mahrez restored City’s lead just three minutes after half time following Luke Garbutt’s 21st minute penalty to bring the Championship side level, after City had secured a third minute lead through Samuel Edozie’s third goal of pre-season.

The former Leicester winger got himself on the scoresheet when he fired a low drive into the far bottom corner with his weaker right foot.

The winger then claimed an assist when Ilkay Gundogan netted the first of his two goals, slipping the German in from a free-kick.

The Algerian star also scored against Preston and Barnsley, leaving City fans wondering if Mahrez could emerge as even more of an important player for Pep Guardiola in the season ahead.

No shortage of City fans have been left purring at the goods Mahrez has delivered in pre-season, with him, in truth, proving to be the Blues’ outstanding figure.

With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus having not featured at all in City’s three pre-season outings, Mahrez has staked an excellent claim for a place in City’s Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur on 15th August.

With City looking to add to their attacking ranks with the acquisition of Jack Grealish, Mahrez has also sent a timely reminder to both the fans and Guardiola of just how influential he can be when the ball is at his feet in the final third.

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