Man City have St Mirren to thank for Champions League hero Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez proved himself as one of Pep Guardiola's most important players on Tuesday night as he scored twice to send the Citizens to the Champions League final.

However, it seems Guardiola has Scottish side St Mirren to thank for his success.

Mahrez scored twice to dump Paris Saint-Germain out of the competition at the semi-final stage.

The Algerian winger had scored the winner in Paris last week and got off to a quick start by drilling home from close range within the first ten minutes.

He then finished the game off after the hour mark as he finished off a brilliant team move by tapping home from a Phil Foden cross.

Mahrez is one of City's most valuable players at the moment, but admitted in the past that he owes much of his success to his trial at St Mirren.

Mahrez spent a brief stint in Scotland when he was 17 but left after feigning a knee injury.

And the winger believes that his trial helped to improve his strength on the ball and played a key role in making him the player he is now.

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  • “In these two months in Scotland I really improved physically," Mahrez said.

    “I played with the English spirit as well – it’s the same as British spirit.

    “It was very intense physically and I think these two months helped me.

    “When I came back to France I had better movement, better things in my qualities.

    “That helped me to become the player I am now.

    “So now it has become my strength.”

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