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Bernardo Silva demands more from Manchester City amid recent blip

Bernardo Silva says “everyone needs to do better” at Manchester City.

Last season’s treble winners slipped three points leaders Arsenal at the weekend following a 3-3 draw with Tottenham at the Etihad – City’s third Premier League game without a win.

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Such are City’s, and coach Pep Guardiola’s, high standards, this constitutes a blip and Portugal midfielder Silva says collective improvement is required when they visit fourth-placed Aston Villa tomorrow night.

“If we want to win games, we cannot concede three or four goals every game – sometimes we will score five or six but most of the time we will not be able to so we need to defend well as a team,” he said. “Everyone needs to do better.

“Offensively as well – make better decisions, demand more from ourselves and if we do that we are a very difficult team to stop.

“We need to be prepared because we know how good they [Villa] are this season and how well managed and organised they’ve been. We need to recovery mentally and physically to be prepared for that game.”

City squandered a host of first-half chances against Spurs and were caught out late on when Dejan Kulusevski brought Ange Postecoglou’s men level.

Silva added: “The little details matter at this level, and we need to defend better as a team.

“We need to look at ourselves. We need to also finish and kill the game as we had the chances [vs Spurs]. We created so many chances and were very good in the press but in the end if you don’t score your goals, it will cost you games and cost you points – that’s what has been happening in the last games.”

City will be without suspended duo Rodri and Jack Grealish for the game at Villa Park.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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