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Guardiola hails Mahrez impact

SMOOTH OPERATOR: Pep Guardiola has praised the way Riyad Mahrez has adapted to life at Manchester City

SMOOTH OPERATOR: Pep Guardiola has praised the way Riyad Mahrez has adapted to life at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has praised the way summer signing Riyad Mahrez has smoothly settled into his new surroundings at Manchester City.

The attacking winger joined the Blues from Leicester City in July and has started one and come off the bench in two of City’s opening three Premier League games as well as figuring in our Community Shield win over Chelsea.

And, speaking ahead of Saturday’s tea-time home fixture with Newcastle United, Guardiola said he was more than satisfied with how the Algerian had adapted to life at City.

“I would say quite well, for how quickly he has adapted and especially for the quality,” said Pep.

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“He's one of the most technical players I've ever seen, the skills and everything.

“It's just of course there's a lot of information - the way we want to play, the way we want to do things, the corrections after the games that we have to do, in all things, defensive and offensive set-pieces.

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“But he settled good. He has respect in the locker room and that is the most important thing.”

After tomorrow’s visit of Rafa Benitez’s Magpies, the league takes a fortnight’s break with the focus switching to internationals.

But asked whether the 2018/19 campaign was shaping up to be an even tougher proposition than last season, Pep said it was too early to judge.

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“Quite similar, I would say,” Guardiola added.

“New managers are here - Marco Silva at Everton, Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea - new managers, new clubs. Javi Garcia at Watford is doing amazingly. But I think it's too early.

“Last season we cannot forget all the six contenders playing international competitions, not like the previous season when Chelsea didn't play there. It was tough last season it will be tough this one.”

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