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Riyad Mahrez: 'Manchester City getting closer to Champions League trophy'

Mahrez: 'Man City getting closer to CL'
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Riyad Mahrez is confident that Manchester City are "getting closer" to mounting a triumphant Champions League run.

Riyad Mahrez has claimed that Manchester City are "getting closer" to the Champions League trophy but admits that the players need to keep working hard in pursuit of the target.

The Citizens broke multiple records in the Premier League last season en route to the title, including an unprecedented triple-figure points tally.

However, Europe's top prize continues to elude them, with Liverpool emerging triumphant in their semi-final last term.

"Yes - I think, step by step, we're getting closer," Mahrez told ESPN when asked whether the Champions League was their primary target.

"It's still hard [to accept] that we couldn't achieve more than we did last season. Like always, this will be our target - to be better in this competition.

"It's really hard because you see the other teams and everyone is trying to get better to win the season and stop us too and the way we play, our tactics. We have to work hard to get more perfect in some situations."

Man City's only European title in their history remains the 1969-70 European Cup Winners' Cup.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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