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Pep Guardiola: 'Riyad Mahrez needs time'

Pep Guardiola: 'Riyad Mahrez needs time'
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that Riyad Mahrez 'needs more time' to settle into life at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted that Riyad Mahrez 'needs more time' to settle into life at the Etihad Stadium before his performances are judged.

Mahrez moved to the Etihad Stadium from Leicester City during the summer transfer window.

The Algerian has been a substitute in three of City's last four Premier League matches, however, and has struggled to make his mark in the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign.

Guardiola has compared Mahrez's struggles to those of Bernardo Silva in the early stages of his City career, and has insisted that the attacker will come good.

"Sometimes we need more time. It has happened a little bit with Riyad. It is going to happen in the future. Riyad is going to come back the same like we saw when he was with Leicester and with Bernardo right now," Guardiola told reporters.

"In the beginning it was a little bit difficult for Bernardo. He came from France — and even for me [when I arrived in 2016] I needed a period to know, to understand everything about the way we wanted to play and in the way that we are aggressive without the ball."

City will open their 2018-19 Champions League campaign at home to Lyon on Wednesday night.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton156542117423
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
13Watford156271821-320
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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