Riyad Mahrez has emerged as a key figure in their march to their first-ever Champions League title, being in sensational form this season. The Algerian winger scored both goals in a decisive semi-final second-leg win at home against Paris Saint-Germain. Riyad Mahrez believes that playing in Saturday’s Champions League match against Chelsea will be a dream come true.
Helping City reclaim the Premier League title and win the Carabao Cup for the fourth time in a row, Mahrez has also been in imperious form at home. However, the 29-year-old acknowledges that the prospect of playing in Europe’s biggest club football match will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Riyad Mahrez: Champions League is dream come true
“It’s a dream. Since I was a baby, since I was young, a young teenager, [I’ve been] watching this type of final – that’s why it’s special. Now we have to play a good game and to win,” Mahrez declared for the official club website.
“It means a lot because you remember where you come from and you’re thinking, ‘Wow! It’s a good achievement.’ It’s good to play the final, but you need to play it to win it. It is massive [for the club too]. It’s the first time for the club, the first time for a lot of us, but it’s massive for everyone.”
“It would mean a lot to win the Champions League here. It would mean so much to this club, to this organisation because we’ve never won it, and would be amazing to lift it,” he continued
Mahrez admits he has matured and refined as a player since he arrived at Manchester City in 2018 to join Pep Guardiola’s squad. “It’s been a very good journey. I came here to try and win more trophies and we’re doing that every season and I’m very happy here,” Mahrez added.
Manchester City will travel to Porto to face Chelsea for their first Champions League finals scheduled to be played on 29th May.