The International Algeria says the record of the Grand Slam champion drives him in his mission to pick up the trophies
Riyad Mahrez spoke out about how tennis star Rafael Nadal continues to inspire him as a role model to stay hungry, with the Manchester City man declaring that he is trying to strive to surpass his old achievements.
The International Algeria player has enjoyed a trophy-laden domestic career since helping send Leicester City to a shocking Premier League triumph in 2016 and winning further titles in various competitions since heading to the Etihad Stadium under Pep Guardiola.
As the winger has won virtually every domestic honor he has presented, he admits that he uses his inspiration Nadal – the joint leader of all time in Grand Slam men’s tennis – to help keep him focused to always be himself to improve.
What did Riyad Mahrez say?
“It’s like Rafael Nadal,” the 30-year-old told YouTube channel Yes busy with respect to self-government. ‘Once he won 11 times on [home of the French Open] Roland Garros – and he loses in the final of another tournament [in 2019].
“He said he heard a voice in his head say” that’s fine, Rafa, you won all 11. “But no, he continues, even injured. He pushes and he wins.
“This is the real champion. If you win, you have to win again, otherwise we will say we are over. You have to outdo yourself all the time. ‘
Mahrez on Mbappe’s Euro sadness
Mahrez was also drawn to Kylian Mbappe and the disappointment of Euro 2020 for the French international team, declaring that he believes the striker will bring the right mindset to put his grief behind him.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker saw his decisive penalty saved during Les Bleus’ defeat to Switzerland in the last-16, condemning Didier Deschamp’s reigning World Cup holders to an early shock.
“Football is an ongoing challenge,” Mahrez adds. “We saw it with Mbappe. He won the World Cup three years ago. Then he missed a penalty kick. Everyone fell on him.
“Everything you did yesterday does not matter, it’s in the past. You have to look ahead. If you win, you have to come back next year and try to win again. That’s the right attitude. And those who are very successful . ‘
The bigger picture
Mahrez will want to contribute more to his medal load next season, as Guardiola wants to drive his title-winning team to even greater highs, both locally and internationally.
After the Premier League champions fell short at the last hurdle in May – which was beaten by Chelsea in Portugal – the Premier League champions will want to do better this time.
Before that time, however, they will have to face Mahrez’s old club Leicester at Wembley Stadium in the FA Community Shield, before going on to play a second trip to London to tackle Tottenham in their first season.