Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring at Old Trafford. Credit: Getty.
Bernardo Silva has highlighted three aspects of his game he has improved in recent years, and says he hopes to keep up his impressive run of form over the coming weeks and months.
Silva has thrived in a central midfield role for Pep Guardiola’s men this term, but feels suggestions his form dipped prior to this season were unfair.
“You can always be better,” he told the club’s online publication City Magazine.
“I think that, even though maybe last year and two years ago when people maybe thought I wasn’t doing as well as what is expected of me, I always felt much better - I felt better last season than was two, three years ago and I feel I'm much better now than I was last season.
“I think I understand and read the game much better and my positioning is improving a lot and I'll try and keep that going,” he added. “Physically, you have to just keep doing your job, eat well, train well and rest well to be fit for every game but yeah, I feel very good right now.”
Pep Guardiola has offered rave reviews of Silva’s performances throughout the campaign, and City’s No.20 was similarly effusive when asked about his manager’s coaching techniques.
“It's a way of understanding the game completely differently from what I was used to,” Silva explained.
“I think the school that I had when I was in Portugal with Benfica was a very good one - the academy there is excellent - and at Monaco I also learned a lot of things, but the way Pep sees the game is completely different.
“When I first arrived here, I was thinking, 'Maybe this doesn’t look right', but when you prove it on the pitch and it looks easy and like it always works, it makes you realise that you understand the game much more and that is the case for me since I joined City.”