Mahrez warns title challengers Man City are ready to go ‘100 per cent’ to retain Prem crown

Date published: Sunday 24th July 2022 5:27 - Jason Soutar

Riyad Mahrez during title celebrations

Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez has sent a warning to Manchester City’s title rivals ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

The 31-year-old scored 11 goals and provided five assists in 28 matches as the Citizens retained their top-flight crown.

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City have finished top of the table four times in the last five seasons and go into the 2022/23 season hoping to make it three titles in a row.

Liverpool have strengthened this summer, bringing in Darwin Nunez from Benfica, though they did lose Sadio Mane, who joined Bayern Munich.

Optimism is high at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp looks to guide the Reds to their second Premier League triumph.

While Liverpool are widely regarded as City’s biggest threat, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United will aim to fight at the top of the table.

However, the other sides in the ‘big six’ have been told that Pep Guardiola’s side “really, really want to win again” and will not get complacent.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mahrez – who recently penned a new contract – said: “We really, really want to win again. When the season starts, we want to go again. That’s the big motivation. We never ever think, ‘Oh, it’s going to be easy this year,’ or we can go a bit easy. No, we go 100 per cent from the beginning, because we want to win and we are built with this mentality.

“On the last day, against Aston Villa, I was just thinking, f****** hell, what are we doing here? We’re playing at home and we’re losing 2-0 against Villa. Sometimes you don’t feel good in a game, I didn’t that day, and some other people came in and helped us to win – that’s what our team is about.”

City get their season underway against Liverpool on Saturday when they face off in the Community Shield.

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