Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva hungry to clinch historic English domestic treble

Alam Khan - Reporter 01:30 12/05/2019
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Bernardo Silva is aiming for a bumper finish to the season.

Four years ago Bernardo Silva celebrated a domestic treble with boyhood heroes Benfica at the age of 20.

But he will enjoy making history more with Manchester City if they become the first English side to achieve that same feat.

At least the Portuguese forward will have medals this time to mark the occasion.

Victory at Brighton will see City retain the Premier League title – the first time since Manchester United in 2009.

Having already won the League Cup, they will claim a domestic treble if they also defeat Watford in the FA Cup final on May 18.

Bernardo was part of the Benfica squad that won the championship, Portuguese Cup and League Cup in 2014, although he smiled as he recalled: “I didn’t get any medals. I hope this season I can get some medals.

“I didn’t play very much, I played only one game in each competition.

“I celebrated more as a fan back then, because I am a Benfica fan, than as a player because I trained three or four times with them, played five minutes in each game so it didn’t mean as much as a player as, for example, this season will if we win all the competitions.

“It’s very tough to win all the competitions in your country and we’re close to it.

“We haven’t done it yet, two games to go. We have to focus on Sunday first because it is an amazing achievement if we win back-to-back titles.

“We’re very hungry to make something different for this club. So this club has never won two Premier League titles in a row. We want to do it this season.

“We want to win all the domestic competitions, never happened in this club as well, and we want to try to make history. That’s our goal.”

Silva has had a fine season for Guardiola's men.

Silva has had a fine season for Guardiola’s men.

With 13 successive wins since losing at Newcastle in January, City have remarkably managed to recover a seven-point deficit and overhaul Liverpool, who are a point behind despite just one league defeat and described as “unbelievable” by Bernardo.

Last season Pep Guardiola’s men lifted the title with a record-breaking 100 points and finished 19 clear of second-placed Manchester United.

And Bernardo said the ability to fight as well as be flamboyant reflects how complete this team is.

“It says a lot about this squad, a very young squad that will try to win over the year as many titles as possible,” he added.

“I think what Liverpool have done this season is also amazing. They’ve been very good, they’ve pushed us, the way they are playing they make us better because we need to win.

“We make them better as well. So very tough, more emotional this year than it was last season.

“I would prefer to win it like last season, but no, it’s good, it’s good both ways.

“The way we broke all the records last season was also fantastic.

“It will, in my opinion, stay in Premier League history for a long time because the goals, the gap between the first and the second, the points, reaching 100 points, it’s never easy.

“But this season, of course, the way it was, we were seven points behind, almost 10 and to depend on ourselves to the last game, yeah, it means a lot.”

In a tense finale to this dramatic campaign, City have won three of their last four games 1-0, the other was a 2-0 success at neighbours United.

“The last games of the season are always more difficult, everyone is playing for points,” added Bernardo, who has scored 13 goals.

“The pressure is higher and yeah it’s true we’ve been winning games with very, very small margins, but all that matters is another three points.

“You feel you need to win because if you don’t win you don’t win the titles. But we’re used to this because season after season you play for the big things and the players are used to the pressure.

“So it’s a good thing. It means we are still playing for the title and we only depend on ourselves.”

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