Pep Guardiola explains how ‘fantastic’ Riyad Mahrez turned season around

Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez for turning around his poor form this season.

Mahrez was close to his best as Man City routed Chelsea 4-0 in the FA Cup, scoring a brilliant free-kick and tucking away a penalty.

It completes a remarkable turnaround for the Algerian, who was publicly criticised by Guardiola in October for his poor physical condition, but he appears to have now put that behind him.

“He is, step by step, getting better. He is not at his best, but he’s getting better,” Guardiola said.

“Maybe Riyad had a problem coming back from the…


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