The UCL final will be difficult – Riyad Mahrez

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Riyad Mahrez is looking forward to the final of the Uefa Champions League.

Speaking to British publication Sports Illustrated, the winger discussed a number of topics earlier this week, with the Champions League final being a key focus as the showdown in Porto is now less than two weeks away for Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City side.

The Algerian has been in fine form this season, and even more so during the second half of the campaign providing some key contributions in front of goal that have put City within touching distance of three trophies this season.

Having already secured the Carabao Cup for the fourth time in four seasons, and a third Premier League crown in the last four seasons, Mahrez and his teammates are now looking towards a debut appearance in the Champions League final.

On the topic of the upcoming final, Mahrez stressed the importance of the game by stating that it is one of the biggest matches of his career thus far.

“It’s one of the biggest games of my career, for any player’s career – it’s a Champions League final.”

Despite the recent disappointing results against Chelsea, the 30-year-old was keen to stress that Chelsea will not have a psychological advantage going into the game.

“No we know it’s going to be different, we rotated much from the team that played against PSG. Chelsea are very strong and it’s not going to be easy. There will not be a score like 4-0 or 5-0. It’s going to be a difficult and tactical game. So we hope we’re going to win it.”

In recent weeks, there have been some doubts over his future in England, but when pressed on the idea of returning to France and retiring at Marseille as an example, the Algeria international again stressed his desire to retire in England.

“Honestly no, I don’t think about Marseille!. As I said earlier, I feel good in England, especially at City. I want to end my career in the Premier League, and why not at City.”

City have one more game left to play this season. On Tuesday, they lost 3-2 against Brighton and host Everton at the Etihad Stadium this coming weekend.

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