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'Mahrez should be benched for life' & 'put Haaland on penalties' - Manchester City fans irate after Copenhagen draw

10:11 EAT 12/10/2022
Riyad Mahrez of Man City.
The 31-year-old endured a night to forget after he missed from the 12 yards out and was withdrawn in the first half

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez has been criticised for his missed penalty in the 0-0 Uefa Champions League draw against Copenhagen on Tuesday.

The former Leicester City player endured a frustrating night at Parken Stadium. First, Man City thought they had taken the lead when Rodri’s strike beat goalkeeper Kamil Grabara but it was ruled out by the referee due to a handball in the build-up from Mahrez.

The Algeria international then got a chance to redeem himself after the Citizens were awarded a penalty but his left-footed effort was saved by Grabara.

His frustrating night got even worse when he was substituted for Ruben Dias in the 32nd minute.

His display has left fans across Africa debating on social media, with some calling for the club to take away penalty duties from the player and hand it to Erling Haaland.

  • Riyad Mahrez

    Mahrez caused Man City damage

    Mahrez just played 32 minutes, but he has caused enough damage to Manchester City. He caused the handball that resulted in Rodri’s goal being disallowed, and he made things worse by missing a penalty.

    I hope he is benched for life. - @imbrakoby

  • Mahrez

    Mahrez not good at penalties

    I don’t think Mahrez should be our main pen taker anymore 🤷🏽‍♂️- @ErlingEuphoria

    The worst penalty taker of all time 🤣🤣. - @Jack_LIV_

    Riyad Mahrez is absolutely horrendous at penalties 😂😂. - @nhoblcfc

  • Riyad Mahrez Manchester City Copenhagen 2022-23

    Guardiola should sell Mahrez

    Pep should sell Mahrez and bring Mbappe to City. Mahrez is as wasteful as Sterling #UCL - @iamAbiodunAA

    He should just leave the team immediately... We don't need him again. - @ibn_sirojudeen

    Liability... honestly... if Pep is going to keep him, he should be a squad player… only coming on when games are comfortably won and he needs to rest proper players. - @ErskineSam

    In all honesty though, Pep needs to get a proper winger to rely on other than Mahrez.

    Good maybe now you’ll realise just how overrated he is!!! He needs to go back to Leicester City. - @shaunleroux1

    Hopefully, we can finally close this Riyad Mahrez Chapter. Let him play Carabao Cup games and academy minutes till we move him on to Marseille for 23 mill next summer. - @FodenTime

  • Mahrez

    Mahrez deserves more

    Mahrez deserves more from Man City fans, he contributed so much to get us to the final. I'm never forgetting that. - @Anthony73829054

  • Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2022-23

    Mahrez is not finished

    I can truly understand the frustration from Man City fans, I do, I feel the pain as well, but Mahrez has done more and I'm not going to be one of those turning on him during his bad moments when I know he's still got more to offer, Mahrez might not be inform, but he's not finished. - @Anthony73829054

  • Manchester City Pep Guardiola Riyad Mahrez

    Pep to blame

    He always miss penalties, and still given opportunity. Why is Guardiola sleeping on duty? - @MunyanyiStephen

    Pep as usual is destroying his [Mahrez] confidence, just like he did to several struggling players. - @kingoje1

    I don’t understand how Mahrez who is not a regular starter is our first choice penalty taker. It makes no sense. - @BullionCzar

  • Erling Haaland Riyad Mahrez Bernardo Silva Man City 2022-23

    Man City should switch penalty taker

    Man City should definitely switch their penalty taker. They should calculate the statistics and find who has the better conversion rate overall on the basis of a fixed penalty kick amount, for example conversion rate per 20 penalties. - @Sniper_CraftYT

  • 20221008 Erling Haaland

    Give penalty duties to Haaland

    Take Mahrez off pens for good... How many more does he have to miss for you to realise he is no good from the spot? Have Alvarez and Haaland on penalty duty. No one else if they’re on the pitch. - @Trayne_musicx

    Haaland has to be the new penalty taker when he's on the pitch. - @MCR__citeh

    Just hope he never takes penalties when Haaland is on the pitch. - @MpKofi

  • Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2022.

    Still believe in Mahrez

    We should not pressure Mahrez, all the best players in the world are wasting a penalty and Mahrez has always scored a lot of penalty kicks for us. - @Issam642307521

    We still believe in #Mahrez ❤ - @hooba42

    Poor old Riyad he's having a bad time of it BUT we need to support him because we all know he is quality. - @Honleyblue