Bernardo Silva’s performance in Manchester City’s 2-0 Premier League win over Burnley on Saturday was “out of this world,” according to manager Pep Guardiola.
City overcame Burnley at the Etihad Stadium, with Silva scoring the first goal and Kevin De Bruyne adding a second, to stay third in the rankings.
Guardiola said that playmaker Silva showed flashes of his form from the team’s title-winning 2018-19 season, in which the Portugal international was a key player.
“He is in the best form, alongside Rodri,” Guardiola told reporters. “Since the beginning of the season, Bernardo has been at the same level as in our second season together when we won 98 points.
“He was out of this world, the way he played. Defensively and offensively, he is so intuitive. He scored a goal, which was important for him. The performance of Bernardo has been extraordinary again.”
Silva was linked with a move away from City in the summer, but the club decided to keep hold of the 27-year-old, who has appeared in over 200 games for the club since signing from AS Monaco in 2017.
“We know how we want him, how we love him, but at the same time, not just Bernardo, all of them – I want the best of them and they have to be happy to be here to perform well,” Guardiola said.
“Bernardo is a football player and a football player can play anywhere. And that’s why I knew his level would drop in the season because it’s impossible to maintain this level over the season.
“But I encourage him to continue like this because I am pretty sure playing at that level he will be happier and happier and he will enjoy being here with us.”
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