Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez believes his team-mates must win “every time” they take to the field after falling behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race.Defeats this month to Chelsea and Crystal Palace have left Pep Guardiola’s defending champions in second, four points off the pace set by Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten leaders.Mahrez is back at his old stomping ground of the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Boxing Day and knows there is no room for another slip-up, with a trip to Southampton on the horizon before Liverpool visit the Etihad Stadium in a blockbuster January 3 clash. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It’s massive because you have to win now, every time,” the Algeria international told Sky Sports.”You don’t have any chance to drop points because when you drop points, the opponent wins and now they’re in front of us.”pic.twitter.com/W8DY8lUZiM— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) December 19, 2018A late penalty miss in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool in October can be set alongside five Premier League goals for Guardiola’s men and some impressive displays as progress to the last 16 of the Champions League was secured.While Mahrez has enjoyed an impressive first few months to his City career, the winger has also been rotated alongside Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane throughout the campaign.”When you arrive in the first six months it’s always difficult to adapt to everything,” added Mahrez.”I’m very good. I’m still new to the team. I think more months are going to pass and I’m going to be better.”Mahrez became City’s record signing when he joined for £60 million from the Foxes in July.In four years at the King Power the 27-year-old scored 48 goals in 179 appearances.After signing for Leicester for £450k, Mahrez developed into one of the best wingers in the country, and after helping the club gain promotion from the Championship in his first season, the Algerian was an instrumental part of the side who won the Premier League in 2016.The Boxing Day fixture will also be the first time Mahrez has played at the King Power since the tragic death of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in October.The former Le Havre man dedicated his goal against Tottenham a few days after the plane crash to the late Foxes’ owner.
Kolkata: Nearly 100 people were taken ill after they had food at a religious progarmme at Chapra in Nadia on Monday night. It is suspected they fell sick after eating biryani at the event. The incident triggered panic among the villagers in the district.According to sources, as many as 16 persons are critically ill and they are undergoing treatment at the Shaktinagar Hospital in Krishnanagar. The local MLA Rukbanur Rahman visited the patients at the hospital. The district administration has started a probe into the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThey are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the incident. The district officials have already collected samples of the food that was served to the people who joined the event. Most of the patients started vomiting and had complaint of nausea after they consumed the food. It was learnt that the people from Pukhuria village of Chapra attended the programme on Monday night. Most of the victims were taken ill after having the food there. Many of them were immediately rushed to the hospital. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLocal MLA Rukbanur Rahman spoke to the family members of the victims and later interacted with the doctors to ensure that the patients get the best treatment. Rahman also assured the family members of the patients that they would not face any problems in availing proper treatment. The district administration is yet to confirm if the problem triggered from the food or the drinking water at the programme. They are not ruling out the possibility of people consuming contaminated water during the event. The reasons will only be confirmed after the food and water will be examined in the laboratory. The samples of food and drinking water have been sent for examination. A senior official of the health department in the district said it is suspected that the food or the drinking water might have been contaminated. The actual cause of the incident will be determined once the samples are examined in the laboratory, he said.