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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
1Liverpool31237170185276
2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves30128103836244
8Watford30127114244-243
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham31126134146-542
10Leicester CityLeicester31125144043-341
11Everton31117134342140
12Bournemouth31115154356-1338
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
14Crystal Palace3096153641-533
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2996143242-1033
16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3135231857-3914

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