Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola discusses the situation of substitutes, including Algerian international Riyad Mahrez. The coach should give them time for the rest of the course.
Riyad Mahrez is having a somewhat complicated start to the season with Manchester City. In nine matches played since the start of the current exercise, in all competitions, the player has been content with only four starts, with a playing time of 351 minutes out of 810 possible.
Worse still, the Algerian international is still struggling to unlock his goals counter. A terrible slump that raises concern for a player who has established himself as an essential element in the formation of Man City during the past season.
In the last Premier League game against Wolwerhampton, the Greens captain was brought on in the second half. According to Guardiola, Mahrez “played good minutes. Ditto for the other players that brought them in. He will say, in a statement given to the official Manchester City website.
Psychological problem for Riyadh?
Continuing his statement, the Spanish technician believes that the slump which Mahrez crosses would be due to a psychological problem. Including the other players who were relegated to the substitutes’ bench at the start of the season.
“Normally, when players come off the bench and don’t play well, it’s because they aren’t there psychologically. They complain when they don’t play…But when they are there with a good impact, they can help us because they have enormous potential”. he let go.
Even if he does not play regularly, the right-winger of the national team is still part of Guardiola’s plans. The latter says he will need all his players to properly manage the insane schedule that awaits his team.
“With the insane calendar that awaits us, we will need all the players. We have five changes, the impact of the guys with a good mentality will be very important”.
Thus, the ball is now in the player’s court. He will have to seize the chances that his coach will give him to hope to establish himself again as an indisputable holder. Good performances with the Greens in the next two friendlies against Guinea and Nigeria could do him a lot of good psychologically.