Pep Guardiola guarantees a start for Bernardo Silva after his 'masterpiece' against Chelsea
Written by: Neelav Chakravarti
The Portuguese international won the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title with AS Monaco.
After his side's Community Shield triumph over Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea, Pep Guardiola has stated that Bernardo Silva is the one player guaranteed to start for Manchester City, after his 'masterpiece' in the victory.
The Portuguese international played in a deeper role in the 2-0 win over the Blues at Wembley Stadium. Guardiola seemed to be pretty impressed by the former Monaco man's performance. The Spaniard also added that Silva is on a level above everybody else in the squad currently.
Guardiola claimed, "Right now it’s Bernardo and 10 more, but it’s about what you do over the season. In this moment Bernardo is far above the other players. Today, the performance [of Bernardo] was a masterpiece."
The 23-year old is a product of Benfica's youth system, and he came through the ranks. In 2014, he joined AS Monaco on loan, a move which was made permanent in 2015. He appeared 86 times for the Ligue 1 outfit, scoring 22 goals. With Monaco, he also won the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title.
In 2017, he moved to Guardiola's Manchester City – scoring six goals in 35 appearances till date. With the Premier League club, he won the domestic title last season. Internationally, he represents Portugal, for whom he has two goals in 30 appearances, coming third in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
He has also played for the Portugal U-19 and U-21 squads. He has scored two goals in 13 appearances for the former and six goals in 14 appearances for the latter.
The Citizens missed out on signing Jorginho to Chelsea. The Philosopher played John Stones in midfield towards the end of the match. He admitted, "If no other player arrives I have to find a solution and maybe he [Stones] can play there. We would like to find maybe one more because we don’t have players to substitute Fernandinho, but if he doesn’t come then we will stay as we are. I don’t know [if we are close]. In four or five days we will know it."
Published: Mon Aug 06, 2018 02:59 PM IST