Riyad Mahrez tells Pep Guardiola how to get the best out of Bernardo Silva at Man City
Bernardo Silva has played in midfield and on the wing up to this point this season under Pep Guardiola
In the wake of beginning City’s initial two games of the Premier League season on the seat, Bernardo Silva has recovered his place in Pep Guardiola’s beginning XI. The Portuguese midfielder was specific amazing in the wins against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest, notwithstanding frequently winding up out on the traditional as opposed to in his favored number eight job.
It was in a more profound place that Bernardo succeeded in last season, especially in the last a long time of the time when he frequently dropped profound close by Rodri to help City’s ball movement and develop play. Because of his work-rate, readiness and specialized expertise, it’s a job he is impeccably fit to.
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In the latest episode of CityTV documentary Together: Champions Again , teammates and close friends Bernardo and Mahrez discussed the issue of the former’s best position.
In one scene, as the players prepared in the dressing room ahead of a Champions League match, Mahrez heckled to Bernardo: “The tap in merchant!”
Bernardo walked over to the camera and explained: “My position is an attacking defender. There’s no one else that does this.
“I’m always having fun with the guys because they say that I don’t attack, I don’t defend. So I say I’m not an attacking player but I’m not a defender – I’m an attacking defender.”
The concept may be a little confusing and contradictory, but it’s one that Mahrez agreed with.
“He is [an attacking defender] to be fair,” the Algerian said. “You always think, ‘why are they saying this?’, but he actually is so much better when he’s playing deeper. He’s so good defensively as well.”
Owing to the injury absence of Jack Grealish in recent weeks and the patchy form of Mahrez, Bernardo has reprieved the role on the right wing he was given when he first arrived at the club in 2017.
However, with Grealish now back from injury and Julian Alvarez looking good when he’s played on the right, Guardiola may soon take Mahrez’s advice and move Bernardo back into a deeper position.