Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola known as match-winner Bernardo Silva “the most effective” after his gorgeous aim sealed victory at Aston Villa.
The midfielder’s sensational volley and Ruben Dias’ opener earned Metropolis a 2-1 win on Wednesday. Ollie Watkins pulled a aim again for the hosts, who made the champions work within the second half, however they may not discover a leveller.
Metropolis sit second within the Premier League, a degree behind Chelsea and one forward of Liverpool and Guardiola heaped praised on Bernardo for serving to them keep the tempo.
“He’s the most effective,” Guardiola stated. “He was the most effective two or three seasons in the past. He was the most effective then too. He has a particular capability to do no matter he needs with the ball. Towards a very good goalkeeper it was an unbelievable end.
“You must return to after we gained with 98 factors, evaluation the movies, you will notice the identical participant like this proper now.
“To come back right here towards this opposition, I used to be actually impressed with who they’re, and to have the ability to beat them is an unbelievable step for us.
“The significance is being there [at the top]. We’ve had an extremely powerful first a part of the league, we’re there one level behind. The necessary factor is the way in which we’re performing, the way in which we’re performing is a excessive stage.”
Pep: Grealish was excellent
Jack Grealish made his first Villa Park return since his £100m transfer to Metropolis as a late substitute and was given a blended reception by the house followers.
Guardiola added: “He gave us what we would have liked. He was excellent.
“His contact was a brand new high quality and each time he took the ball he didn’t lose the ball.”
Metropolis dominated the primary half and Dias deservedly opened the scoring when he fired in Raheem Sterling’s cutback after 27 minutes.
Villa struggled with the guests’ slick passing and didn’t make a dent earlier than Bernardo made the factors secure two minutes earlier than the break.
It was one other aim so as to add to Metropolis’s scrapbook below Guardiola as Riyad Mahrez and Joao Cancelo performed their manner out of hazard on the sting of their very own space and located Fernandinho. His first-time move despatched Gabriel Jesus clear to cross for Bernardo who slammed a superb volley into the highest nook from 18 yards.
Metropolis have been breathtaking; Bernardo’s strike top-of-the-line
Clinton Morrison on Soccer Particular:
“Within the second half, Aston Villa have been good. No matter Steven Gerrard stated to them at half-time, there was a giant response they usually received again into it due to Ollie Watkins’ well-worked aim.
“Nevertheless, first half, Manchester Metropolis have been breathtaking. They’re an excellent soccer group. Once they get it proper and play the one or two contact soccer, it is so good to observe.
“And Bernardo Silva, for me, at this second, he is top-of-the-line midfielders within the Premier League. His aim is among the finest objectives ever. “
Gerrard: It was a terrific response
Villa wanted a response and received one two minutes into the second half when Watkins fired Douglas Luiz’s nook in off the publish.
It gave the hosts perception and Steven Gerrard’s aspect improved dramatically, refusing to let Metropolis coast to victory.
Jesus ought to have carried out higher than to slice over after controlling Bernardo’s cross earlier than Ederson ensured the factors Quarter-hour from time. Emi Buendia slipped in Carney Chukwuemeka who solely had the goalkeeper to beat however shot too near the Brazil worldwide, who turned the ball over.
“It phrases of the second half I believed we have been excellent. We scared Metropolis as a result of we have been so near taking one thing from the sport,” stated boss Gerrard after his first defeat in cost.
“It was a terrific response from the gamers and I instructed them to not go away this stadium with their heads down in any respect.
“Metropolis began very so nicely, now we have to respect what we’re taking part in towards however I believed we have been in a little bit of a shell for 10-Quarter-hour.
“It’s on me to show to the supporters I’m the suitable man and there may be hope and perception we are able to transfer ahead and have profitable and good reminiscences collectively. It was an acid take a look at and a real reflection of the place we’re and the place we need to get to.”
Opta stats: Guardiola brings up 150 wins at Man Metropolis…
- Aston Villa have now picked up only one level of their final 10 Premier League matches towards Manchester Metropolis (D1 L9), shedding their final six in a row by an combination rating 19-3.
- Because the begin of October, solely Chelsea (20) have gained extra factors within the Premier League than Manchester Metropolis (19: W6 D1 L1).
- Pep Guardiola tonight earned his a hundred and fiftieth Premier League win at Manchester Metropolis – solely the fourth supervisor to succeed in this whole for a single membership. This win got here in simply his 204th match within the competitors, beating Sir Alex Ferguson’s document at Man Utd who celebrated his a hundred and fiftieth win in his 247th match.
- Steven Gerrard suffered solely the fourth dwelling league defeat in his total managerial profession (P61 W49 D8 L4) whereas this loss ended a 27-game unbeaten run at dwelling within the league for Gerrard (W24 D3).
- Bernardo Silva has scored 4 objectives in his final seven Premier League appearances, as many as in his earlier 55 for Manchester Metropolis.
Aston Villa now host Leicester on Tremendous Sunday at 4.30pm, stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League, whereas Man Metropolis are at Watford on Saturday Evening Soccer at 5.30pm, additionally stay on Sky Sports activities Premier League.