Last season, the Spaniard Pep Guardiola wanted to sign a young Portuguese who plays for Benfica, describing him as an “exceptional center back” and willing to pay anything for him.
This “exceptional” player or “deal of a lifetime” for Guardiola is the Portuguese international Robin Diaz, who celebrates his 24th birthday a few days later, and paid the “Citizens” in his transfer of 54 million euros in addition to the Argentine player Nicolas Otamenidi, who transferred to the Portuguese team.
Diaz was the missing piece in the “Guardiola” painting, which he started painting 5 years ago, as he added to the team’s offensive strength and defensive rigidity, as Man City had conceded 4 goals in the Champions League so far.
And the arrival of Diaz – after the successful selection of Guardiola and his recommendation to the management to sign the Portuguese defender – helped develop City’s defense similar to what Virgil van Dyck did in Liverpool before winning the Champions League two years ago.
In Tuesday’s match against Paris Saint-Germain, in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, Diaz led the confrontation with ferocity.
His interventions were 100% correct, his passes were 90% accurate, he touched the ball 41 times and saved the team from 3 chances and dealt with 3 dangerous balls. .
Although Mahrez was the main reason for his team’s qualification, the best player award in yesterday’s match went to Diaz, and Mehrez was also a major reason for his team’s victory in the first leg after scoring the winning goal from a direct free ball and he did not win the man of the match award that went to his Belgian teammate Kevin De Bruyne. .
The Algerian captain gave a distinguished performance in the confrontation yesterday, as he made 4 shots, including two goals and created two chances to score, and passed 41 correct passes out of 49 passes, with a success rate of 84%.
It is noteworthy that Mahrez participated directly in 6 goals in the last 5 matches in the Champions League with City (4 goals, two assists).