Borussia Mönchengladbach defender Ramy Bensebaini has challenged Riyad Mahrez ahead of their Uefa Champions League showdown on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old has had a great season with the German side where he has become a regular under coach Marco Rose. The club has been the surprise package of the 2020/21 champions league having made it through to the last 16 of the competition against all odds.
The Algerian told BBC Sport Africa that he has always wanted to play against his national team captain with whom he won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, but he also admits that going up against him is going to be a bit tricky with his skills and unpredictability.
“I’ve really wanted to play against him. Now let’s wait for the game and see if he can nutmeg me!
“We trained together, we played an Afcon together, so I have a rough idea of his playing style. That being said, he is still Riyad, he is still a great player and it’s my problem to find the solutions to stop him.
“It’s hard to say that I know him because he is outstanding from a technical point. It is not easy to read what he is about to do with the ball.”
The former Montpellier star was instrumental for the German side in the group stage of the competition. He netted twice to help them secure second spot in the group behind eventually group winners Real Madrid – this is something they’re proud to have achieved.
“To manage to lead the way until the last game, in a group with Real, Inter and Shakhtar, wasn’t an easy task. We are proud of what we have done and this qualification.”
Manchester City have been flying in the English Premier League this season and go into the encounter high on confidence. The encounter will be played at the Puskas Arena in Hungary with Monchengladbach hosting their English visitors.
Kick off is scheduled for 22:00 (SA time).
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