Rodri was named Man of the Match for his dominate midfield display, including one headed goal, in Manchester City's 3-1 beatdown of Aston Villa on Sunday, but winger Riyad Mahrez was certainly a close second. The Algerian provided for Rodri from a corner kick, and then he scored City's third from the penalty spot.
Mahrez probably would've won the game's individual honor if he would've finished a second opportunity in the 84th minute. Instead, with just Emiliano Martínez to beat, Mahrez spooned an effort wildly over from eight yards out.
❤️ بالتوفيق pic.twitter.com/kPz9LrvQyR— الجزائر ابطال كأس العرب (@interista9ic) February 12, 2023
بووووم ✈️✈️ pic.twitter.com/8ss6dt1O7J— da7my ♪ (@dahmoosh) February 12, 2023
Riyad Mahrez's game by numbers vs. Aston Villa:94% pass accuracy (32/34)
7 passes into the box
4 touches in opp. box
4 duels won
3 fouls won
2 chances created
Should have probably scored a second. pic.twitter.com/7KQwQM8vGQ
— Squawka (@Squawka) February 12, 2023
Mahrez clearly prefers 25-yard screamers over tap-ins, and you're allowed a little self-deprecation after taking all three points because of your masterclass. So Mahrez took agency over his own submission for the miss of the season on Twitter.
Has it landed yet ? ⚽️♂️ Smh— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) February 12, 2023
Next up for Man City is the big one: a top-of-the-table clash with Arsenal on Wednesday night at the Emirates.
Looks like it actually did https://t.co/SP8YmgSB5K— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) February 13, 2023