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Man City hero Riyad Mahrez fires dig at PSG over head loss in Champions League

After helping Manchester City into their first Champions League final, Riyad Mahrez slammed Paris Saint-Germain for losing their heads.

The Algerian Mahrez netted both goals in a 2-0 win to give Pep Guardiola's men an overall 4-1 victory on aggregate over two legs.

Angel Di Maria was sent off six minutes after Mahrez's second strike to leave PSG with 10 men for a reckless stamp on City midfielder Fernandinho.

Mauricio Pochettino's side also had Idrissa Gueye red carded in the first leg and Mahrez said their lack of discipline made the tie easier.

"They lost their nerves and then they started kicking us, they had a red card and then it was more comfortable for us," Mahrez told BT Sport.

Mahrez gave City the perfect start when he slotted home an 11th minute opener before finishing a Phil Foden cross for the second as City were relentless on the counter-attack.

"Maybe sometimes we were a bit deeper and when they lost the ball, we’re good on the counter as well. That’s how the two goals came and we’re happy," added Mahrez.

The City midfielder did not forget to praise their defensive efforts as being an integral part of reaching the final in Istanbul, where they will meet either Chelsea or Real Madrid.

"When you play a semi-final of the Champions League, you have to be solid," he said.

"Everyone has to contribute defensively and that’s what we did. We were very solid today, we didn’t concede much and that’s why we’re in the final."

With the Carabao Cup in the bag, City are one step away from completing a historic treble as they can add the Premier League title with another win this weekend.

"It’s good," replied Mahrez when asked about winning the Premier League too.

"We have another game on Saturday and we have to win to be champions then we will focus on the Champions League.”

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