Bernardo: This is not good enough!
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