It takes incredible technique to make a defence splitting pass in the highest level of football, and some more finesse to get the weight on the pass absolutely right.
When threaded through the opposition defence perfectly, it is one of the most spectacular sights that the game provides.
Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez put on a similar spectacle for football fans today, as he displayed his brilliant technique with a perfectly weighed trivela pass against Birmingham City in their third round encounter of the Emirates FA Cup.
Mahrez started the game for City on the right flank, and proved to be a creative menace who the Birmingham defenders struggled to deal with.
The Algerian made the assist for Phil Foden’s goal in the 33rd minute, and dazzled all throughout the game: but there was one particular moment that stood out the most.
Mahrez was in a direct duel against Birmingham right-back George Friend outside the penalty area, when he threaded an inch perfect pass to Kevin de Bruyne with the outside of his left foot.
The technique displayed in the passage of play was immaculate, as Mahrez made great connection to be very successful with the attempted trivela pass to de Bruyne.
What made the pass even more special was the perfect weight put on the pass, for de Bruyne to latch onto as the Belgian made his run inside the penalty area in order to put in a cross in order for Bernardo Silva to slot the ball home.
City eventually went on to win the match 3-0, with a brace from Bernardo Silva preceding Phil Foden’s goal. Pep Guardiola’s side will safely progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup, as they look to win the competition which they last won in the 2018/2019 season.
There’s nearly not enough hype about this pass from the Algerian, check it out below –