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Mahrez: “Every season, we are there”

Mahrez: “Every season, we are there”
Riyad Mahrez believes City’s consistent focus on silverware has been crucial in our strong start to the 2022/23 campaign.

The Algerian was on target as Pep Guardiola’s men moved top of the Premier League for at least 24 hours with a 4-0 win over Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.

A Community Shield setback aside, City are yet to taste defeat this season, grabbing an astonishing 44 goals in our opening 12 matches in all competitions.

That success has been aided by the attacking feats of Erling Haaland, who has already found the net 20 times in his debut campaign.

However, Mahrez insists the squad’s consistent motivation to go deep in every competition has once again proven a key ingredient in our early season form.

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On the confidence among him and his team-mates, the Algerian said: “It is good, like every season. Nothing changes and that is why we have been able to be one of the best teams.

“Every season we are there, we are very focused, everyone works and runs for each other, and we have to keep going. That is the way we are built.”

“It is very good and we are in a good moment.

“To be fair, every season we are in that way because we work hard and we are very focused.

“When we have this focus, this resilience and this consistency we make it difficult for our opponents. We have to keep going.”

A 15th Premier League strike from Haaland rounded off the scoring against the Saints, with the Norwegian finding the net emphatically from Joao Cancelo’s cutback after the hour mark.

The forward has found the net in eight of his nine appearances in the competition so far, having been denied by both the post and Southampton stopper Gavin Bazunu earlier in the game.

And Mahrez has hailed his team-mates’ mindset to swiftly put those missed opportunities behind him and contribute to the victory.

“He is not going to score every time in the first 20 minutes,” the Algerian joked.

“Sometimes it is going to be a bit difficult and that shows how strong he is.

“Sometimes he can score in the second half or at the end of the game.

“The most important thing is about being a threat to the defenders and I think he had a very good game.”

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