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they will miss the next two years of Champions League and Europa
League competition. The latest name linked to the exit door is Riyad
Mahrez, whose transfer away was mooted last week. Paris Saint-Germain is
the club said to be chasing the former Leicester City Wideman, who
would depart the blue half of Manchester after two trophy-laden campaigns under
development comes weeks after Europe’s football governing body sanctioned the
Citizens. While the four-time Premier League champions seem outwardly confident
their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport will prompt either a
reduction or the ban getting lifted altogether, the uncertainty as regards the
club’s position will surely have crossed the players’ minds.
he joined Pep’s army in the summer of 2018 and was part of the side that
claimed all three domestic titles in the land Premier League, the FA
Cup and League Cup in what was an unprecedented domestic treble win.
Algerian didn’t play as much of a leading role as he’d have liked, this year
has been different from the Africa Cup of Nations champion kicking on
from his success in Egypt last year to play a more important part
campaign may have failed to take off and could end disappointingly
with Liverpool so far ahead in the table, but further success in
the Carabao Cup and progress in the sport’s oldest cup competition
means more titles could be on the cards when the season resumes.
perhaps importantly, claiming the Holy Grail this year will be the club’s imaginary
little finger to the competition’s governing body, having endured a tricky
relationship over the years.
if they do claim their maiden Champions League crown, players like Mahrez might
feel it best to move on, ban or otherwise, having claimed every title possible
for the Citizens. Their hopes were boosted with a dominant 2-1 win
over Real Madrid in the first-leg of their Round of 16 ties, a
game the African champion thrived in despite not scoring or assisting.
On the other
hand, though, if Man City fail to win this season’s European title and their
appeal at the CAS fails, will stars as Mahrez stay at the club without
continental football for two years?
obvious financial ramifications the lack of UCL football will have on the Algerian’s
bumper contract, it may not be reasonable to wait it out in Manchester given
his age. The ex-Leicester man clocked 29 in February and could be 31 in two
years when City are back in Europe.
alternative, of course, is to leave the Citizens when the transfer window
re-opens, get one last rewarding contract, and another shot in the continent’s
premier club competition. This is the opening PSG are reportedly offering,
but whether their interest materializes into something concrete will be
determined by the Manchester outfit’s appeal.
would be worthwhile to consider how Mahrez fits into the current setup at
the Ligue 1 side owing to the presence of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in
Thomas Tuchel’s team.
tactician has made use of a few formations this season, from the 4-3-3 to the
3-4-3, before finally finding a bit of balance with the 4-2-2-2 in the last few
months, which lets him shoehorn all his attacking talents into the side while
having a fair bit of balance in midfield.
If the North
African is signed, game time would be hugely dependent on how Tuchel wants
his side to play long-term: is the current 4-2-2-2 formation a means to an end
or a tactic that’ll be largely maintained next season? In the aforementioned
tactic, Mbappe doesn’t block Mahrez’s path into the XI as he plays up top
alongside an out-and-out striker.
In a 4-3-3
or 3-4-3, however, the exceptional Frenchman mainly starts wide right, thus
limiting the Afcon winner’s time on the pitch.
Will PSG be
willing to spend a considerable amount of funds on a rotational option, while
handing him eye-watering wages to boot? The recent coronavirus outbreak which
has brought football to a standstill has understandably taken the limelight off
UEFA vs Man City at CAS, but things will surely become clearer when the
happens, expect guys like Mahrez to look out for their best interests, and
whether that involves jumping ship two sides like PSG despite the hierarchy’s
pleas remain to be seen.
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