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Pep Guardiola admits Bernardo Silva is ‘IRREPLACEABLE’ at Man City as he ‘takes a step forward when the game goes wrong’ after starring in win over Crystal Palace… as he fights to avoid going to Barcelona
- Bernardo Silva has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona this summer
- The Portuguese playmaker was crucial in Man City’s comeback against Palace
- His manager Pep Guardiola had admitted that City would struggle to replace him
- He said Silva stands up when the team is in trouble and is “so important to us”.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has pointed to Bernardo Silva’s significant contribution after his side defeated 4-2 on Saturday after falling two goals behind Crystal Palace.
Erling Haaland was the match winner with a hat-trick, but it was Bernardo’s deflected shot in the 53rd minute that brought City back into the game after Palace’s first-half dominance was rewarded with an own goal from John Stones and a header from Joachim Andersen.
In a week when Guardiola announced that he would sell him to Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain, Bernardo was the best player on the pitch, once again full of ingenuity and ingenuity, he dragged City back into the game and was instrumental in Haaland’s second of the season. the afternoon.
Pep Guardiola says Bernardo Silva is ‘irreplaceable’ at Man City after he played against Palace
Silva – who has been linked with Barcelona – played a vital role in City’s 4-2 win over the Eagles, scoring the goal to get them back in the game.
“I am happy that Bernardo has become a winning player,” said Guardiola. ‘Of course the highlights are from Erling. But we must not forget what Bernardo did, scoring the goal and creating the right side in the second half.
“What surprises me about Bernardo is that when the game goes wrong, he takes a step forward, he likes to play in this situation. He feels comfortable with it. Some players may take a step back and he steps forward. Therefore, in many ways he is irreplaceable for us…
“He’s so important to us, he can play in four or five positions. And it’s not just on the field, it’s out there too. In the dressing room, I want him here so badly.’
Haaland is still finding his way into City’s system, but has started his life in the Premier League with six goals in four games, completing his hat-trick here within 20 minutes of the second half.
Guardiola said Silva is ‘so important’ to City and admitted: ‘I want him to stay so badly’
“What’s important is that he’s a nice guy, sober,” Guardiola said. “We are totally in love with him. It’s not just the goals, it’s how happy he is. I see his behavior and his body language. You pay attention to the body language of the players and he is always in the right place.
“He is always there, encouraging the players and making an incredible effort. He knows (the chances are) coming. He has an incredible feeling for that.’
Haaland and City had to be patient against a Palace club who, according to manager Patrick Vieira, played a ‘perfect’ first half – compact in defense and clinical in attack.
This was a second game in a row, and fourth in six Premier League games, with City trailing two goals but avoiding defeat.
The most famous of these was last season’s final against Aston Villa, when City claimed the 3-2 victory after three late goals that dramatically sealed the title.
And while scoring opponents’ goals is a habit City must quickly shake off, midfielder Rodri said those exploits on the final day in May have given players the belief that they can always come back.
It was Erling Haaland who stole the spotlight with a hat-trick to seal Man City’s victory
“We can do it,” said the Spaniard. “If it becomes a habit, it’s easier, so we’re very happy, but we have some things to fix.
“We can’t let this team score two goals out of the blue. We have to be careful. We talked about conceding one goal last season from set pieces for all of last season and now we have two against in one game. We have to improve on that.
‘Sometimes it’s not about tactics, but about talking to the boys (at half time), being patient.
“Sometimes you want to score the second before the first. I told the boys we only needed one goal to get into the game and that’s what happened. We scored one goal with Bernardo and suddenly we had 30 minutes and Erling was excellent.
“Now he is the difference, because we have one player in the penalty area and before that it was more difficult to come back like that. It’s easier with Erling and Julian (Alvarez).’