Riyad Mahrez opened up on about early fighting in Manchester City, admitting that he encountered a hard time in the beginning.
“I didn’t make a difference as fast as they thought I’d make,” Mahrez said to Sky Sports. “So, certainly they have no time to give me time because we’re 20 top players.”
“I was on the bench and the other players were playing, so I had a hard time coming back. Then, more to the end of the season I came back, I played well and I started this season differently,” he continued.
The 29-year-old admits that during his first few months at the Etihad he fell short of the required standard, but says that after a “difficult” settlement, in time, he gradually built up his confidence back up:
“I was performing now, when he played me, so the confidence is here.”
Mahrez and the majority of the City squad started full contact practices at the beginning of the month ahead of the June 17 Premier League restart.