Bernardo: This is not good enough!

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By DANIEL MUR­PHY

BERNARDO Silva has ad­mit­ted City haven’t been good enough so far this sea­son.

At the start of the cam­paign it looked as though the Blues were go­ing to con­tinue the red-hot streak of the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons as Pep Guardi­ola chased a third successive ti­tle.

They won five of their first seven league games by an ag­gre­gate score of 27-7, with the only slip-ups be­ing a con­tro­ver­sial draw with Tot­ten­ham and a shock de­feat to newly-pro­moted Nor­wich.

But City’s form con­tin­ued to fal­ter with home de­feats to Wolves and United and a loss at Liver­pool, as well as a draw with New­cas­tle. It means they have al­ready dropped the same num­ber of points they did last sea­son al­ready.

It has been Pep Guardi­ola’s worst start to a league sea­son as City boss but they looked back to their best in the 3-1 vic­tory over sec­ond-place Le­ices­ter on Satur­day.

Bernardo ad­mits the team haven’t been up to stan­dard but was de­lighted to look more like them­selves against the Foxes.

“It was like the old City,” the Por­tuguese told Sport360.

“It was good to give a good per­for­mance to our fans. They de­serve it be­cause it hasn’t been a good first half of the sea­son for us.

“Not just the re­sults, but I think some per­for­mances were not as good as we wanted them to be.

“It’s good to be back, it’s good to put on a good per­for­mance and to give them the three points - that’s im­por­tant right now. It was great to get this win.

“Le­ices­ter are a great team. I think they are one of the best sides in the Premier League and they’ve been show­ing that.

“They are still ahead of us, they are sec­ond we are third, but it was great to play against a great team like this and to have the con­trol, to have the ball – and to win.”

City will face another tough test tonight when they travel to Wolves, who are quickly be­com­ing Guardi­ola’s bo­gey team, but Bernardo is look­ing for­ward to play­ing against many of his fel­low coun­try­men.

“Most of them I know, es­pe­cially [Joao] Moutinho be­cause I played with him three years at Monaco and he’s a great player.

“It will be a plea­sure to play against them once again.

“They are a great team and been show­ing that for the past two sea­sons since they came into the Premier League.

“It’s al­ways tough to play against Wolves.

“We lost at home against them so it’s proof that it’s never go­ing to be easy.

“They’re very con­cen­trated at the back, very or­gan­ised. But we want to win, we need to win and we will keep try­ing to put on the good per­for­mances as we have done.”

City looked back to their ti­tle-win­ning best against Le­ices­ter

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