With the UEFA Champions League final just days away, which will pit two English clubs, namely Riyad Mahrez’s Manchester City and Moroccan Hakim Ziyech’s Chelsea, against each other on Saturday (1900 GMT), former Fennecs coach Rabah Madjer has praised his compatriot Riyad Mahrez. It’s a great way to get to know your country, » said Madjer, who is a living legend in Algerian football.
Riyad Mahrez will face Chelsea in the Champions League final with Manchester City on Saturday. It was 34 years ago that Rabah Madjer, one of the living legends of Algerian football in particular and African football in general, won the greatest club competition with FC Porto against the great Bayern Munich (2-1) at the Prater Stadium in Vienna, Austria. It was during this final that he scored a goal with a back-heel, a technical gesture that now bears his name « A Madjer ».
Speaking to Football365 ahead of the 2021 final, Rabah Madjer praised his compatriot Riyad Mahrez: « It gives me great pleasure that the World Cup will be a great success. It gives me great pleasure that the Champions League final will be played in Porto. Everyone knows the bond I have with this club and this city. It’s a real love affair. It would be a great source of pride to see another Algerian player play in the final of the greatest competition of all, » said Rabah Madjer, who would certainly be delighted to see Mahrez lift the trophy on Saturday 29 May 2021.
« He has progressed and his progression does not surprise me. Having had him as a player in the national team (between 2017 and 2018, ed.), he is a very serious boy and also ambitious. Joining a big club like Manchester City and playing there regularly has allowed him to reveal himself, to assert himself and to blossom, » Madjer added.