Pep Guardiola gives verdict following Riyad Mahrez’s penalty miss against Dortmund

Riyad Mahrez's penalty miss vs Dortmund
Pep Guardiola has spoken on Riyad Mahrez's recent form from the spot following back-to-back penalty misses in the UEFA Champions League.

Despite failing to win, Manchester City secured top place in Group G in their match away at Borussia Dortmund. The Cityzens had defeated the German side 2 – 1 in the reverse fixture thus giving them a superior head-to-head record over the Germans.

Erling Haaland and Joao Cancelo were replaced at half-time for Bernardo Silva and Manuel Akanji respectively. Substitute Bernardo Silva was involved in creating City’s best chance of the game as he combined with Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez before the latter was brought down in the box.

The Algerian winger stepped up to take the penalty but saw his effort saved by Gregor Kobel.

Speaking after the match, Pep Guardiola said:

“Listen, I admire the courage and bravery of the guys who take the penalties. I don’t know how many million of penalties we’ve missed,”

“We’ve done it in this competition many times. Riyad was exceptional two or three years ago, he shoot the pen to go 1-1 here to help us reach the semi for the first time.

“Lately, he missed. He will reflect. He can take a break now with the penalties.

“He has the mentality to go there and do it. The teams are physically strong and we give advantage to them – it happened too many times. It’s many players.”

Manchester City travel to the King Power over the weekend to face struggling Leicester City.

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