Thursday 26 April 2018

Riyad Mahrez focus

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, centre, could not find the breakthrough against Chelsea
Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, centre, could not find the breakthrough against Chelsea

Riyad Mahrez came closer than anyone to conjuring some match-winning magic as Chelsea and Leicester played out a goalless Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

Here, Press Association Sport examines the Algeria forward's impact in west London.

BODY LANGUAGE:

Mahrez cut a frustrated figure each time he felt his colleagues had either let him down or failed to latch onto his wavelength, at times also remonstrating with manager Claude Puel.

BUILD-UP PLAY:

The Algeria international threaded several threatening first-half balls, notably to Jamie Vardy, who was unable to match that slide-rule pass with the quality of his finish. The 26-year-old also drilled a low ball across the six-yard box, but none of his team-mates could apply the craved tap-in finish.

END PRODUCT:

After hooking high and wide from Marc Albrighton's cutback in the first half, Mahrez then saw one effort spin wide after a deflection off Andreas Christensen. The lively wide man then thrust himself against the same Chelsea defender in an apparent bid to win a penalty. Referee Michael Jones dismissed Leicester appeals, but also failed to dish out a yellow card to Mahrez.

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