Guardiola confirms Mahrez has been taken off penalty duties
After his most recent missed penalty attempt, Riyad Mahrez will no longer be assigned to take penalties, according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Tuesday's Champions League 0-0 draw occurred after Mahrez missed his penalty attempt against Borussia Dortmund.
Gregor Kobel, who dove low to the right to get a strong hand behind the effort, saved his shot.
Both teams advanced to the next round thanks to the 0-0 scoreline in the Champions League match.
Guardiola said (as reported by the Manchester Evening News) after the game at Signal Iduna Park: "Riyad was exceptional two or three years ago. He shot the pen to go 1-1 here to help us reach the semis for the first time. He's been missed lately. He will consider.
With the penalties, he could now take a break, the man continued. He is of the mindset to go there and carry it out. The teams are physically strong and we give the advantage to them – it happens too many times. It’s many players. "
Meanwhile, Mahrez’s record as a regular penalty taker is rather poor.
The Algerian international has missed 10 of his 32 attempts for club and country.
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