English Premiership

Bernardo Silva relishing Manchester derby

2019-04-21 16:04
Bernardo Silva (Getty Images)
Bernardo Silva (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Bernardo Silva says he is relishing the pressure of the title chase as Manchester City prepare for a crucial derby at Manchester United on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford appears to be the biggest hurdle left facing City as they chase another Premier League crown following Saturday’s tense 1-0 win over Tottenham.

Much has been made over whether United fans might actually prefer loathed neighbours City to win the title rather than arch-rivals Liverpool, but Silva does not expect that to affect the players’ thinking.

United are in a tight battle themselves for a top-four spot and Silva thinks they will be just as hungry for the points.

The Portuguese midfielder said: ‘We are so happy with the win (on Saturday) and now it’s on to another tough one against Manchester United which I think will be crucial for the title.

"It’s a big game for us, a big game for them.

"They need points to be in the top four and we need them to fight for the title.

"So we expect a very difficult game against one of the best sides in England.

"They will be motivated to beat us and we look forward to it.

"We know we need the win, and the pressure is on – but that’s a good thing.

Silva played an influential part as City gained a measure of revenge for their midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Spurs.

His clever cross in the fifth minute opened up the Spurs defence and Sergio Aguero nodded across goal for 18-year-old Phil Foden to head what proved the clincher at the Etihad Stadium.

Silva added: "It was a massive win, very important for us, especially after the defeat in the Champions League.

"We wanted to give a response with our fans here at home and I think we did it in the best way possible in difficult conditions.

"It was very warm outside and we played a very tough team with less than 72 hours to recover.

"It was three big points."

 

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