Mahrez: We never give up

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Riyad Mahrez hailed City’s fighting spirit after a late flurry of goals saw Pep Guardiola’s men deservedly beat a dogged Wolves side 4-1.

Although City dominated the opening hour of the game, we could not build on our 15th minute opener through a Leander Dendoncker own goal.

And the visitors hauled themselves level just after the hour through a Conor Coady header, sparking a 15-minute spell where Nuno Espirito Santo’s side tentatively grew back into the game.

But City weathered the storm and, thanks to a brace from Gabriel Jesus and a measured finished from Mahrez in the final ten minutes, extended or record breaking winning streak to 21 games.

Reflecting on the performance, the Algerian was convinced that we would find a way back into the game, despite the setback with 30 minutes to play.

“We finished good, we never give up, we keep pressing and creating chances until we scored.

“Sometimes you can have the ball for even 95% of the time but you have to kill the game but we didn’t do it in the first half and you always leave a chance the opponent to come back.

“(But) the last ten minutes was so good, we scored and finished the game. We’re very happy and we keep going.”

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City had to dig deep in order to get their noses back in front after Wolves’ equaliser, and Mahrez was proud of the character shown by the team.

While spirits are certainly high in the camp, the Algerian also insisted that the players equally possess a sharp competitive edge, which in turn benefits the squad.

He said: “We compete very good with each other, it’s the only way to improve the level of the squad.

“We have to play game by game and see what happens because the next game is the derby, we need to stay focused to try and win this game.”

As our Algerian winger mentioned, City are back in action as soon as Sunday afternoon with the focus now on Sunday’s Manchester Derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Given the clustered fixture schedule, rotation is key to keep players fresh and motivated as we reach the business end of the season, and Pep Guardiola made six changes ahead of our clash with Wolves from the side that had beaten West Ham at the weekend.

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And Mahrez firmly believes every player in the squad makes a difference when they step over the white line.

“It’s difficult sometimes when we change 6 or 7 but the quality of every player is so good,” he explained.

“Everyone makes their contribution and it’s very good for the team.”

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