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Riyad Mahrez reveals how Man City dressing room atmosphere changed on hearing about Liverpool FC win before Chelsea clash


Jurgen Klopp's team opened a 12-point gap in the earlier kick off but Manchester City came from behind to maintain the nine-point deficit.

Manchester City knew that Liverpool had opened a 12-point lead at the top before they went out to face Chelsea.

And the character they showed to come back from a goal behind against Frank Lampard’s excellent team was even more impressive in light of that fact.


Some teams ignore their rivals’ results from an earlier kick off, but the Blues players were aware that Jurgen Klopp’s team had extended their lead at the top with another late victory, at Crystal Palace.

Riyad Mahrez scored the winner for the Blues after Kevin de Bruyne's leveller, and then revealed that the City players had all checked out the leaders’ result – and added that it changed nothing.

“We knew they had won, but we are built to win every game,” said Mahrez, who scored a brilliant individual goal to secure the three points.

“If they win or lose, we try to win. It’s our mentality. We have to win anyway.

“We don’t look too much at Liverpool. At some points last season they were ten points ahead of us, and we kept going.

“We have to try to win every game, like we used to, and see how many points we have at the end.”


The players had a long, frustrating wait to put right the defeat at Anfield, with the international break coming straight after the 3-1 reverse.

But Mahrez said that the team performance on Merseyside meant that they could hold their heads high against Chelsea, and that the break was no problem.

“It’s the schedule, there is nothing you can do,” he said. “You have to be professional, take the defeat at Anfield and come back, as we did against Chelsea.


“We did well at Anfield, had 18 shots, 18 corners and they had four. We had the possession and the chances, and sometimes it’s like this, and you lose. But it was an encouraging performance.
Riyad Mahrez
“This win was important after the loss against Liverpool and after an international break you need to come back in good shape.

“After their goal we reacted well, scored twice and could have had more.

“We love to play every three days, so we rest and play, rest and play, that’s the best job.”

The goal marked a spectacular return to form for Mahrez, who had not started a league game since the 2-0 home defeat by Wolves last month.

“The manager makes me play,” he said. "I try to give him my best. I was a bit 50-50 at first but, like the team, I came back.

“I could have scored one or two more but we got the points and that is what matter.

“The first 20 minutes I could have done better – I missed one or two goals but after that I played OK, tried to help the team and scored the second goal.

“The second half was better but most important was that the team spirit was good, and we defended very well.

“You can’t always dominate every game. Sometimes you have to go through this type of game, and getting three points is most important.”

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