Riyad Mahrez sends message to Pep Guardiola after scoring hat-trick against Sheffield United

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Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez is hoping that his historic hat-trick against Sheffield United in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final will keep him in coach Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up in future games.

Mahrez scored a hat-trick as Manchester City beat Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in an FA Cup semi-final since 1958, and the first player from City to bag a treble at Wembley Stadium.

“There are a lot of players inside the team and everyone is looking for an opportunity,” Mahrez told beIN Sports.

“When you get an opportunity you have to prove to the coach that you deserve to play.”

“We compete with each other and motivate each other for the benefit of the team and in order to improve; we will see how the situation is in the next games,” added Mahrez who has scored 15 goals in 38 games in all competitions with City this season.