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Bernardo Silva: Manchester City's Unsung Hero

By Uday - April 17, 2024 01:19 AM

Manchester City's most underrated player - Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva joined Manchester City in 2017 and has since become one of the team's key players, although his contributions are often overshadowed by brighter stars like De Bruyne, Aguero or Haaland. The Portuguese is a true conductor of the City game, masterfully controlling the tempo and finding the best solution to create dangerous moments.

His actions often go unnoticed

Silva is not a high scorer, but his role in organizing the attack and his dedication on the field are invaluable. Bernardo's versatility, able to play at centre, wing and even in defence, makes him indispensable for Pep Guardiola. By convincing the Portuguese to extend his contract until the summer of 2022, the coach made perhaps the best investment in the team's success.

In the Manchester derby, Silva once again proved his worth, winning the man of the match. He handles the ball efficiently, creates chances and assists Haaland. In the second half, the Portuguese literally tore the United defense apart with his play in limited space, staging a real masterclass, which was written with praise in 1win Bangladesh.

Bernardo Silva Running

In addition to his creative function, Bernardo plays a key role in City's team pressure. His ability to read the game and predict his opponent's moves helps him block their passes effectively. Last season, Silva led City in terms of kilometers traveled per match (11.8), passed the ball between central midfielders (229 meters per game) and tackled in the final third of the pitch in the Champions League.

Silva is a very modest player

The Portuguese himself believes that there is no difference between positions in modern football - everyone should be able to attack and defend. His versatility and work ethic are deeply valued by Guardiola, who has publicly praised the player on several occasions. Unlike some partners who like to be the center of attention, Silva prefers to remain reserved and modest, allowing his performance to speak for itself.

In the summer of 2022, Bernardo was linked with a move to Barcelona or PSG, but to the great delight of Guardiola and his teammates, he stayed at City. The Portuguese's presence clearly improves the atmosphere in the team and fans will be hoping that the 2023/24 season will not be his last at the Etihad.

Bernardo Silva Photo

However, Silva's new contract until 2026 has a £50 million clause which can be activated in the summer of 2024. Because of the player's stability and importance, he may cost twice as much, but that won't stop potential buyers, including ambitious Saudi clubs. Bernardo himself does not hide the fact that he wants to finish his career in Benfica, where he started his career in big football.

If this season is indeed Silver's end at Manchester City, he will certainly do his best to leave on a high note. The Portuguese dream of a fourth championship title and another treble, as City are heavy favorites in all tournaments. As long as Bernard remains in action, City will claim every trophy possible, but his departure could be a serious blow to Guardiola's side.

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