Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola made a peculiar statement when addressing Riyad Mahrez's superb form of late, claiming that the winger doesn't get injured because of a lack of muscles on his legs.
Guardiola was speaking on the back of Manchester City's thumping 6-1 win over Aston Villa, which saw Mahrez bag a brace and an assist.
The Algerian winger has been a fixture in Guardiola's starting eleven this season, making 28 appearances and scoring 9 goals. He also has 13 assists to his name.
However, it hasn't always been this smooth sailing for the winger at City. Through last season he totaled only 44 appearances - something Guardiola references in his comments about the player.
Riyad Mahrez is one of the most underrated players in the world. pic.twitter.com/Xi6QIVP6Ae— FootballWTF (@FootballWTF247) January 14, 2020
"The difference last season and this season is he [Mahrez] plays more minutes because the manager is more kind to him," he said.
"The level he played last season was good too. He loves to play football.
"You see his legs it is impossible to be injured because he has no muscles. The final third he has something special, always I have the feeling he can score a goal," he concluded.
Guardiola's men take on Crystal Palace over the weekend as they seek to make inroads into Liverpool's 14 point lead at the top of the Premiership table.
(Quotes R/T Manchester Evening News)