Bernardo Silva insists Man City are hungry for more success

Sport360 staff 21/10/2018
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Bernardo Silva has warned that Manchester City are in no mood to let up in their pursuit of further glory.

The champions powered on at the top of the Premier League with a 5-0 thrashing of Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

City are undefeated in domestic competition and intend to maintain momentum as they return to Champions League action at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Silva was also impressed with how City eased back into top gear after the disruption of the recent international fixtures.

The Portugal midfielder said: “Usually after an international break, most teams lose a little bit of the way they play but we were really focused and hungry for more titles and more wins.

“The team has had a fantastic start and are top of the league and in the Champions League we want to beat Shakhtar and go top of the group.

“And we are through in the Carabao Cup, so it’s been a great start. We need to keep it this way.”

City dominated against the Clarets but led only 1-0 at the break thanks to Sergio Aguero’s 149th Premier League strike and it took Silva’s controversial second goal to break the visitors.

City played on after Burnley mistakenly thought referee Jonathan Moss was about to award a penalty for a foul on Leroy Sane by Jack Cork. David Silva remained alert and pulled the ball back for Bernardo Silva to strike, although Burnley complained further as they felt the ball went out of play.

Silva said: “It was a bit strange. At that moment I thought it was a penalty and most of the players stopped.

“But David was smarter, ran for the ball and crossed it. To be honest when I scored I didn’t know if it would be allowed or not but it was a goal and we move on.”

Fernandinho added a third moments later and City, who then introduced fit-again Kevin De Bruyne off the bench, coasted to victory with further efforts from Riyad Mahrez and Sane.

Silva said: “Usually against Burnley it’s a complicated game but we were very strong again. The first half was difficult but scoring two early goals in the second half was important.

“But it’s just three points, no more than that, and on to the next one.”

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Liverpool boss Klopp sees room for improvement despite continuing best start as manager

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Jurgen Klopp reflected on his best start to a season as a manager after Mo Salah’s first-half goal sealed Liverpool‘s 1-0 win at Huddersfield.

Salah slotted home his fourth goal of the season and first in five games in the 24th minute as Klopp’s side bounced back to winning ways to stay level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Klopp accepted it had not been pretty. Huddersfield went toe-to-toe with his title challengers for long periods and hit the woodwork in the first period, but the Reds boss was delighted his side extended their unbeaten run to nine matches.

“The basis we have created so far is brilliant – 23 points,” Klopp said. “I don’t think I (have) had that before after nine games. And still space for improvement – good as well. So let’s get home and work on improving.”

Klopp said it was also the first time in his managerial career that one of his sides kept winning when not at their best.

“It was not that bad,” he said. “It’s maybe the first period in my life that we are winning average matches. That’s true.

“We cannot write a book tonight about how to win trophies. There is only one way, and that’s to win football games. And for that there are different ways.

“To be honest, sometimes I prefer the spectacular way, but I take that today completely and I understand why it was like that.

“The main reason today was Huddersfield did well. They defended well and were very aggressive round the second balls.

“After this game, everybody knows how good they are and how good they will be in the future.”

Jonathan Hogg’s long-range effort struck a post and Huddersfield also had a first-half penalty appeal turned down by referee Michael Oliver when the ball appeared to have hit James Milner’s arm.

“You don’t want to use the post to defend, to be honest. If it happens you take it, but it’s not defending, it’s lucky,” Klopp added.

“Then with the handball, another penalty, maybe they would have missed. You need luck to only concede three goals (in nine league games), and we have sometimes needed it.”

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery wanted Alexandre Lacazette at Paris Saint-Germain

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery believes Alexandre Lacazette can only get better after admitting he tried to sign the striker while at Paris St Germain.

The France international has scored 14 goals in his last 24 games for the Gunners, including a brace in a 5-1 win at Fulham before the international break.

Lacazette moved to the Emirates Stadium in the summer of 2017 and is expected to make his 50th appearance for the club when they host Leicester on Monday night.

The 27-year-old joined from Lyon having scored 60 times in his last two campaigns in France – form that attracted the attention of Emery, who was then in charge of rivals PSG.

Emery was working with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Neymar at the Parc des Princes – with Kylian Mbappe also moving to the French capital last year.

But the Arsenal boss, who is enjoying a nine-match winning run, refused to compare the forwards – revealing Lacazette was a target ahead of his move to Arsenal.

“They are different players, it is very difficult to compare,” Emery said.

“But for example, when I arrived at PSG we were thinking to sign Lacazette.

“His quality and his characteristics also we liked at PSG. Also, the people who were working there, they said to us, ‘This player has the quality to play for PSG’ when we were there.

“He was at Lyon and it wasn’t easy to have the conversation or to sign a player from Lyon or from PSG for Lyon. He was an option for us.”

Despite being a fan of Lacazette, Emery is calling for further improvement from the forward now he has adapted to English football.

“We are speaking together with Laca,” he added.

“For him, last year, his first year in the Premier League, it was a different league than the French league also and the position also, the rhythm also, not the mentality because he has a very good mentality and he has very good chances usually to score. He is very efficient.

“But he needs to continue his adaptation for us, for the Premier League, for the rhythm. This year we are looking at him one step more in this level.

“We are very happy but my message to him is: ‘Every day, don’t stop’.

“Don’t stop in training, don’t stop in matches, carry on to find his best performance. Not even just in matches but in each minute of the 90 minutes and he is doing that.”

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