Pep Guardiola has insisted that Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will have to earn his place in the starting XI.
Though a legendary figure at the club he has served since 2011, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss will not invite Aguero back into the team purely based on past glories.
Indeed, with a winning run now stretching to an astonishing 20 games, Guardiola can afford to be picky.
Asked if Aguero will need to be back at his best to play for City, Guardiola replied:
“He knows it. He knows it from day one, the guys who play deserve to play.
“From day one all my message is: ‘What we did two hours ago is over.’
“It’s not just for Sergio – it’s for everyone. I try to make fair decisions. Fair for one player is unfair for another one.
“Today was a real tough game for the three players upfront. It’s good news he played 60 minutes and then the next game we need him, let’s go.
“Sergio is so important for us. He scored the most important goal in this club’s history.
“We want to help him – he will do it.”