Monday Mar 04, 2019. 12:15
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised Algerian Riyad Mahrez after he scored the decisive goal in their 1-0 win at Bournemouth this past weekend.
The Fennec Foxes star replaced the injured Kevin De Bruyne at the Vitality Stadium and struck in the 55th minute for a goal which could prove to be vital in the Premier League title race.
It was Mahrez’s first goal in the Premier League since December, with the former Leicester City man having to settle for a place on the bench for much of 2019.
Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane continuing to excel in the wide attacking positions has also not helped Mahrez's cause but Guardiola maintains he has no doubts over the Algeria international's quality.
"It's so important for him [and] for the team," the Spanish tactician told a post-match news conference.
"He has to know he has to compete with Bernardo and Sterling, he has to be ready.
"If he is positive and thinks, 'Okay my time is going to come' then his time is going to come because there are a lot of games.
"I don’t have any doubts about his quality, his mentality is aggressive but he has to understand where he is: a team that got 100 points [in the Premier League last season] and every single game fights and runs and plays.
"The people in front of him are Leroy, one of the most important players of last season; Bernardo, the best player in the league; and Raheem, an incredible player."