Pep Guardiola’s claim on Bernardo Silva’s ‘happiness’ after Man City exit failed
Instead of a last tango in Paris on Tuesday night, Bernardo Silva found his mojo as Manchester City pocket Hercules.
Strange as it sounds, City were set to sell the Portuguese playmaker this summer. It’s a good job that they had doubts.
As Chelsea’s unbeaten record was shattered at Stamford Bridge, Silva was all over the place – and cutting down on her energy was like trying to catch a mosquito with chopsticks.
When City’s latest Champions League crusade is put to the test in the French capital, Paris Saint-Germain royalty Lionel Messi – who remains in doubt about injuries – won’t be the only one to set the tone on the pitch. jukebox.
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City messiah Pep Guardiola appreciated Silva’s contribution to Chelsea even more as he was not playing in his preferred position.
Guardiola said: “He’s so intuitive – it’s not his role as a midfielder but he knows exactly how to play it and how to anticipate what’s going to happen, with or without the ball.
“All I want is for Bernardo to be happy, here or anywhere. All I want is his happiness because he’s a guy who deserves the best.
“Against Norwich he played exceptionally, against Arsenal he played exceptionally, Southampton, he played at team level – it was not good.
“But how well he played against Chelsea is no surprise. How many times have we seen him? He was an incredible signing for us because he is an exceptional person.
“I never forget the second Premier League we won, with 98 points he was the best player in England. He’s been nominated [for an award] but he was the best.
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“After this season, later, he went down a bit, he wasn’t in the position he prefers, but now he’s back and I hope he can help us.
“If at the end he wants to leave and decides [to go] the only thing I can say is that the guy or the club that will have Bernardo is going to take one of the best players in the world.
“Is he happier? You can’t play that way if you’re not happy, it’s impossible.
As City made their way to the Eiffel Tower, Chelsea were a dreary shower.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel has only himself to blame for a damaging first loss of the season that leaves the top four in accordion separated by a single point.
European Champions? You laugh – until they got behind, Tuchel’s team were passive, timid and didn’t hit a single shot on target.
Chelsea were effectively playing with nine men because Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner were so detached from the rest that they might as well have been on a desert island.
Gabriel Jesus, who scored City’s deserved winner, said the Blue Moon tendency is determined not to be marked by back-to-back defeats in their three previous encounters with Tuchel.
Jesus said: “We feel amazing because we came to play against a top opponent, they are the Champions League winners and have a lot of better players.
“People think that because we lost the semi-final of the (FA Cup), in the league and in the final (of the Champions League), we are suffering. But we came here with confidence and tried to play a good game, and that’s it.
“For us that’s huge because coming here to play against one of the best teams in Europe, showing that we can play well and create chances.”