Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola described Riyad Mahrez as an “incredibly talented” player after he scored his first goals for the club to help them thrash Cardiff City 5-0.
Mahrez, who signed for £60m in the summer, tapped in his first goal – and Manchester City’s fourth – after a patient, incisive team move, before whipping in his second late on.
“It’s good to get the first goals,” Guardiola said. “Of course it’s important for him. He came here, he’s an incredibly talented player. He deserves to play more minutes, like Phil Foden.”
The 18-year-old Englishman played for around 25 minutes as a substitute. “It’s a pleasure to watch Phil play football and of course Riyad as well,” Guardiola continued. “But the season is too long and they have to be ready, prepared, because they are going to play a lot of minutes.”
The stylish visitors were already out of sight by half-time, leading 3-0 thanks to Sergio Aguero’s sweeping finish, a clever looping header from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan’s delightful curling effort.
Cardiff simply could not live with an irresistible City side and, as they are still searching for their first win this season, the Bluebirds now find themselves second from bottom of the table.
Cardiff initially battled as enthusiastically as one would expect from a team managed by Neil Warnock. But as soon as they conceded the opening goal, a thrashing seemed inevitable.
While the Bluebirds may not have expected much from a fixture against the reigning champions, it will concern Warnock that his side have now conceded 12 goals in their past three games.
After matches against City, Chelsea and Arsenal, Cardiff will be relieved to welcome Burnley to south Wales next weekend. BBC