A lot has been said about Manchester City’s defeat at the hands of Lyon on Wednesday night, but the players have remained mostly quiet.
However, Bernardo Silva, who spent a large chunk of his career playing for Monaco in Ligue 1, gave a quick one minute interview to L’Equipe, where he discussed what went wrong on the pitch for the French club to cause such an upset.
He said: “We didn’t play well, especially in the first half. We weren’t how we normally are. After that, Lyon also have a good team. Congratulations to them, but as I said, we weren’t ourselves. We didn’t press. We didn’t create chances.
“It needs to be said that City didn’t play as we normally do, and when that happens everything else is a lot harder”.
With Pep Guardiola in the stands, it was up to Mikel Arteta to guide the players through what ended up being a tough game.
Whether that had any impact on the result, only the players know, but that’s a topic Bernardo Silva didn’t approach when talking to the French newspaper.
However, the Portugal international remains optimistic about his side’s chances of qualifying from the group stages, fully aware there are still five games to go, including two home fixtures against Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk.