Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has told his record signing Mahrez that if he wants to seize any first-team opportunities he will need to be ready and positive.
The winger Mahrez ended a three-month Premier League goal drought at the Vitality Stadium yesterday by stepping off the bench to fire the Premier League holders back to the top of the table.
“It’s so important for him. Firstly, for the team,” said Guardiola.
“He has to be ready and positive – ‘OK, my time is going to come, the time is going to come’ – because there are a lot of games.
“I don’t have any doubts about his quality and always his mentality is aggressive.
“But he has to understand where he is and where he is is at a team who scored 100 points (last season) and in every single game fight and run and play.
“And the people in front are Leroy (Sane) – last season one of the most important players that we had – Bernardo (Silva), the best player in the league, and Raheem (Sterling).”