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Bernardo Silva cautious of Lyon threat

In the quarter-finals of the past season, Mauricio Pochettino shocked Pep Guardiola and sailed through with away goals after a dramatic second leg at the Etihad.

City, which was in the race for back-to-back titles of the Premier League, were overwhelming favorites, but it was not enough for even a 4-3 win in the second leg.

In the last 16, the triumph against Real Madrid was a statement of intent in anticipation of their clash with Lyon on Saturday in Lisbon, and once again, they are hoping to make it to the last four.

Both Lyon and Manchester City have never been European Champions. Even though the reigning champions, Liverpool are out of the competition, Silva will not thread the path of complacency.

 

Recent Disappointments

Pep Guardiola maintains that although his side has been named the champions league favorites in advance for the last quarter-final clash with Lyon on Saturday in Lisbon, the Portuguese middle-field driving player takes little for granted.

In recent years, the Citizens have endured a few cruel turns of history in Europe – and Silva claims the encounters should rely more on the one trophy that has elucidated them in the last ten years.

 

Clash with Lyon

Bernardo Silva is hosting the Champions League quarter-final– but he refuses to take Lyon for granted as rivals.

The midfielder of Manchester City got an extra incentive to win the trophy this year and return to his home city Lisbon for the final match.

And some people regard City as the favorite winners, particularly after the last 16 knocking out of Real Madrid.

Yet Bernardo says they’ll be at the Jose Alvalade Stadium Saturday night after the encounter with the French.

Bernardo did none of this when he was told that he was pitched against the lesser-known clubs left in the tournament.

“We lost against Tottenham last year in the quarter-finals. It’s tough to predict the games and the results in this competition.

“The fact that Liverpool is out, Real Madrid are out, it’s not going to make our path easier. That would be wrong, though.

“We need to go game by game, be very focused, knowing that every game is going to be very tough. All the teams in Lisbon are here because they deserve it.

“We need to be at our best level to win the games and try to reach the final.”

In the last season, Lyon surprised the Blues with the only defeat at home in the past nine European matches at the Etihad Stadium.

Lyon is also known better by Bernardo, who joined the City of Monaco, their rivals from their League 1.

“I know Lyon very well having played for three years in Ligue 1, where I played many times against them,” he said. “Also here at Manchester City, we faced them last season, and it wasn’t easy.

“We didn’t manage to beat them in either of the two games. That shows how difficult a team they are.

“Not only Lyon, but all the French teams are very physical, solid, and in just one game, it’s unpredictable.

“It’s going to be very difficult. We are going to try to prepare ourselves the best way we can, but we know it’s not going to be easy.”

But City is motivated by the fact that it has received the first big award in recent years.

“The Champions League is the only competition we still haven’t won at this club,” he said. “Manchester City has never won this competition, most of our players haven’t won it yet, including me.

“Of course, winning this competition has always been a target for the players and the club. It will be very special to win it.

“For me, even more so because it’s my City, and it’s an extra motivation to fight for the trophy here.

“It would be special to win the Champions League in Lisbon.”

Silva has not won the trophy yet. Silva was part of the Monaco team that kicked the City off in 2017 – and last year, he experienced agony too when a brutal VAR split from Guardiola ‘s side hit Tottenham in semi-trailers. He made these statements as he celebrated his 26th birthday.

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