- City face Lyon in Lisbon in Champions League quarter-final
- ‘We have seen numerous surprises on this competitors’
Bernardo Silva has warned Manchester City to disregard their standing as favourites for the Champions League, citing how Juventus have been knocked out by Lyon, City’s quarter-final opponents on Saturday, within the earlier spherical.
While Pep Guardiola’s aspect eradicated Real Madrid, the file 13-time winners, from the final 16 final Friday, on the identical night the problem of twice-holders Juventus was ended by the Ligue 1 workforce.
Lyon, like City, have by no means been European champions. Yet regardless of the holders, Liverpool, additionally not remaining within the competitors Silva is cautious of overconfidence once they meet in Lisbon for a straight knockout tie.
Of City’s favourites tag, the Portuguese mentioned: “Anything can occur – Juventus have been knocked out by Lyon. We have seen numerous surprises within the competitors over the past years. We misplaced in opposition to Tottenham final 12 months within the quarter-finals. It’s very tough to foretell the video games and the outcomes on this competitors.
“The undeniable fact that Liverpool are out, Real Madrid are out: it’s not going to make our path simpler. That could be a improper thought. We have to go sport by sport, be very centered, understanding that each sport goes to be powerful. All the groups in Lisbon are right here as a result of they deserve it. We must be at our greatest degree to win the video games and attempt to attain the ultimate.”
Silva has explicit information of Lyon having been at Monaco for 3 years. “I performed many occasions in opposition to them,” the 26-year-old mentioned. “Also right here at Manchester City we confronted them final season and it wasn’t simple. We didn’t handle to beat them in both of the 2 [group] video games. That reveals how tough a workforce they’re. Not solely Lyon, however all of the French groups are very bodily, very sturdy and in only one sport it’s unpredictable.
“It’s going to be very tough. We are going to attempt to put together ourselves one of the best ways we are able to, however we all know it’s not going to be simple. They knocked Juventus out of the competitors and it’s not going to be a simple job for us. It’s going to be a very totally different sport than Real Madrid, as a result of they each play alternative ways and with a distinct type of gamers.
“Manchester City has by no means gained this competitors [and] most of our gamers haven’t gained it but, together with me,” Silva mentioned. “Of course, profitable this competitors has at all times been a goal for the gamers and membership. It will probably be very particular to win it. For me, much more so as a result of it’s my metropolis and it’s an additional motivation to battle for the trophy right here,” the Lisbon-born midfielder mentioned. “It would positively be particular to win the Champions League in Lisbon.
“We play each competitors to win, we attempt to give our greatest in each competitors. This one is the one one we haven’t gained at City, so there may be additional motivation to provide our greatest and attempt to go so far as potential. It’s a aim for the membership, the followers, the employees, everybody. If we might do it this 12 months, it could be a proud second and we might embody our names within the historical past of the membership.”