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Riyad Mahrez previews the Champions League final clash vs Chelsea.

Riyad Mahrez previews the Champions League final clash vs Chelsea.

Riyad Mahrez previews the Champions League final clash vs Chelsea.

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has revealed that taking part in the Champions League final will be the most important game of his career and has wiped aside allegations that he’s a top contender for this year’s prestigious Ballon D’or award.

In an exclusive interview with French broadcaster RMC Sport, when Mahrez was questioned about his views on this season’s upcoming Ballon D’or award, the Algerian asserted that his only focus is looking ahead to the Champions League Final.

The showpiece clash between Manchester City and Chelsea will take place on May 29th in Porto, Portugal – with the initial tie programmed for Istanbul in Turkey. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and the placing of the nation on the UK’s ‘red list’ for travel, UEFA were pushed into an alteration.

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Mahrez revealed on the topic of the Ballon D’or, “No, I am not here to believe myself in the Ballon d’or. I am focused on winning the Final, with a lot of humility.”

The Algerian winger was then asked whether Chelsea’s back-to-back wins over Manchester City in all competitions would provide them some form of mental advantage going into the Champions League final.

However, despite the narrow 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup semi-final and 2-1 defeat in the Premier League, Riyad Mahrez remained firm on the idea that those results would have no bearing on the encounter at the end of this month.

“Chelsea don’t have the psychological advantage. All games are different. But the Champions League Final is not the same,” he explained.

The winger, who has accumulated a remarkable 14 goals in all competitions this season, reaffirmed that the final will be the most important meeting of his footballing career – despite winning three Premier League titles with Manchester City and Leicester.

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Riyad Mahrez previews the Champions League final clash vs Chelsea.

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