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Mahrez: Fans slam Guardiola’s decision to substitute Manchester City star against Real Madrid - 'It was so needless'

01:33 GMT+3 05/05/2022
The decision to replace the Algerian arguably cost the Citizens against Los Blancos and the ex-Barcelona manager has not been spared by enthusiasts

Fans have hit out at Pep Guardiola for substituting Riyad Mahrez as Manchester City bowed out of the Champions League after losing 3-1 to Real Madrid.

After a goalless first half in Wednesday’s semi-final second leg showdown, the Algeria international put the Citizens ahead in the 73rd minute thanks to Bernardo Silva’s assist.

Twelve minutes later, Mahrez was subbed off for Fernandinho. Ultimately, that plan backfired as Carlo Ancelotti’s scored two late goals through super-sub Rodrygo to send the match into extra-time.

Karim Benzema’s penalty in the 95th minute ensured that the reigning English kings crashed out 6-5 on aggregate.

According to enthusiasts, the decision to take out enterprising Mahrez cost City a place in the final while they queried the former Barcelona handler.

Even with the barrage of criticism, some have absolved Guardiola of any blame for Manchester City failing to reach the Champions League final.

They claimed the Premier League side gave their best but were just unlucky against the newly crowned La Liga kings.

Real Madrid have now reached their 17th European Cup/Champions League final, six more than any other team.

They will now look ahead to the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 28 at the Stade de France.

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