RIYAD MAHREZ has warned Manchester City’s rivals the champions will return stronger from their scare at Watford, but insists any of the top four can still beat them to the title.
City, who travel to Chelsea on Saturday evening, extended their unbeaten start to 15 Premier League games after Leroy Sane and Mahrez struck either side of half-time in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.
But they were given a fright in the concluding stages when Abdoulaye Doucoure bundled over from close range with just five minutes remaining.
Despite facing a nervous end as Watford went in search of what, for most of the match seemed an unlikely point, Pep Guardiola’s side held firm to claim their seventh consecutive league victory.
Despite their healthy advantage, Mahrez believes Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, as well as their closest rivals Liverpool, remain in title contention.
‘Anyone in the top four can still win the league,’ he said. ‘Nothing is done and we need to keep working very hard for each other and try to win every game.
‘Now we need to focus every three days and we need to be ready and at our top [form].
‘You are not going to win every game 4-0 or 5-0.
‘We created more chances and tried to kill the game but in football when you are 2-0 up and the opposition scores, the crowd get behind them and it’s difficult, so we were very happy to win and get the three points.’
■ 6 — Goals Riyad Mahrez has scored against Watford — more than he has netted against any other team