Riyad Mahrez believes Manchester City’s strength in depth could be the difference between the Blues and Tottenham over two legs in the Champions League quarter-final.
City are eyeing an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season, with the club still to taste success in Europe’s premier competition in their history.
The Blues’ furthest progression in the Champions League to date was their semi-final defeat against Real Madird in 2016, and Mahrez feels City’s plethora of quality could tell against Tottenham to reach the last four again.
“Our squad includes potential starters only; everybody is good enough to play,” the Algeria international told Uefa.com.
“We have two really good players in each position, so it’s great.
“Everybody challenges each other and tries to help one another improve. There’s competition among us and I think it’s a good thing.”
“It’ll be a very tough tie, but I think we’ll be ready,” Mahrez said of the challenge posed by Spurs.
“We know them, they know us as well. We’ve already faced them many times and we’ve already beaten them, but maybe knowing each other very well could also be a disadvantage.”
City have won each of their last 14 games in all competitions – losing one of their last 23 – and Mahrez believes the full compliment of Guardiola’s squad have contributed to the Blues’ blistering run of form.
“Everyone has done their bit, whether it’s scoring goals, registering assists or defending well, and as the coach says, we need everyone – that’s how you can get to the next level,” the 28-year-old explained.
“I think we have a superb squad of players, with so much quality and a wonderful coach, so everything is in place for us to go all the way.”
Mahrez was named the PFA Player of the Year award in 2016 after firing Leicester to the title, but the winger says success in the Champions League would be his finest achievement.
“Winning it would be really incredible,” he added. “I’ve always wanted to win this type of competition. If it’s not this year, I think it will be next year, and we’ll do everything to try to win it. We’ll have to beat Tottenham first and then we’ll see.”
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