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Guardiola hails City’s ‘magnificent’ UCL win as Mahrez targets 200 more games

Pep Guardiola has saluted his team for their performance in last night’s 5-0 win over FC Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League.

The Premier League champions overran the Danes with goals from Erling Haaland, Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez to maintain their perfect start to their European campaign.

It is the second consecutive game in which City have scored at least five goals following Sunday’s 6-3 win over Manchester United, and Guardiola is happy with his side’s progress.

“Tonight we see the reasons why the last years have been successful for this club,” the Spaniard said in his post-match interview last night.

“After United, we were able to be humble enough to respect the opponent. This is the secret of this game.

“It was the work ethic. Yesterday we trained for 20 minutes and everyone was focused and paid attention.

“This is the reason why this season and seasons before with different players, every three days we are there.

“This is the biggest title we can get. Beyond the Premier League, Champions League… everything. This is the best.

“We played really well, the performance beyond the result was magnificent.”

One of the stars of the night, Algeria forward Mahrez, marked a landmark with the game, reaching 200 appearances for City.

Mahrez scored City’s fourth goal of the night from the penalty spot and assisted Alvarez for the fifth with an accurate cross.

Afterwards, the 31-year-old said he was looking forward to 200 more games for the club.

“Two hundred games is a lot to be fair,” he told City TV.

“It’s good, I wish for another 200 to play and keep going, scoring, assisting, winning titles with this team because at the end, that’s what we play for.

“We are very happy and I’m very happy to play for this team.”

Mahrez, who joined City from Leicester in 2018, has has an impressive 111 goal contributions in his 200 appearances for the club, scoring 64 and assisting 47.

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