Written By Jacobs Dunga
Pep Guardiola after his side’s away win over Aston Villa where they inflicted first defeat on new Villa coach Steven Gerrard hailed his diminutive enforcer as the best in the league.
Bernardo Silva has been in some fine form for Manchester City and yet again displayed that on Wednesday night at Villa Park where his exquisite volley proved to be the winner for Pep’s men in a difficult encounter.
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The Portuguese midfielder has been almost unstoppable in recent weeks despite being leaked with a move away from the Etihad in the summer.
Guardiola has however hailed his player as the best in the Premier League when asked to rate on current form.
When quizzed whether Silva was among the best players in the Premier League on form, City boss Guardiola said: “The best. When we made 98 points two or three years ago, he was the best, too. Take the videos and you will see.
“It was an incredible finish. The goal was good, it was quick. To beat them was an incredible step for us.”
“The performance, 90 minutes, it was exceptional, the way we start the game. Villa have everything and the way we behaved today was really really good. Villa are a top side with an incredible players and the manager on the touchline.”
Pep also had reserved praise for returning former Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish as well as Raheem Sterling who seems to have rediscovered his old form.
“Jack gave us what we needed. He was perfect. Playing his touches and every time he took the ball he didn’t lose the ball.
“Today I would like to praise one player in particular Raheem Sterling he played the best game since a long time ago. He deserve all my compliments because he was sensational.”
Steven Gerrard hailed his team’s performance on the night despite the defeat saying they caused the reigning champions problems and advised his team to remain proud of themselves.
Gerrard said: “The second half I thought we were outstanding. We scared City at times, we were so close to taking something.
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“Terrific reaction and I have told the players not to leave this stadium with their heads down.”
He did emphasize on the Villa job being a difficult one after taking over from Dean Smith who oversaw their promotion to the Premier League and also is a fan.
“When you take over a job like this on the back of someone who is an Aston Villa supporter who took them up from the Championship to the Premier League who is one of their own it was always going to be a tough transition”
“It is on me to prove to these supporters that I am the right man and that I can put a team out there that can compete.
“In terms of the fans’ support, I can’t ask for any more. I can’t be any more positive in terms of what I have seen in the last two weeks.”
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