Riyad Mahrez emerges from De Bruyne's shadow as Man City reach Champions League final

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Goals in both of the semi-final legs against PSG have helped the Citizens reach a first Champions League final in their history and the 30-year-old has been the difference-maker.

By finding the back of the net in both fixtures, he became only the second player to score in both legs of a Champions League semi-final for an English club after Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.

For so long at the club, Sergio Aguero was the man relied upon to carry the club through testing situations. At other times, it has been the dynamic duo of Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden getting the team over the line. Now, they have found a new figure capable of producing a moment of magic.

City’s success under Guardiola has revolved around conquering domestic competitions, sweeping up Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup titles year-on-year. But one trophy has continued to elude them.

The Champions League.

Should the Sky Blues go all the way in Istanbul to claim a first European Cup, Mahrez’s contributions cannot be underestimated.

The Guardiola era at City will go down as one of the greatest witnessed, and this is the trophy that would act as the evidence.

“The Champions League is the thing we are missing,” the two-time Premier League winner said in a recent interview with Manchester City.

But for how much longer will that be the case?

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