Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva believes the Citizens can catch up with Liverpool at the top of the table after beating their Premier League counterparts in the recent encounter. The Mancunian giants were seven points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side heading into the midweek game but they managed to reduce the deficit to four after securing a 2-1 triumph.
Speaking after the game, Silva highlighted that their title pursuit would have been over with a defeat and the positive result on Thursday night should encourage their prospects of retaining the English crown, he said: “We knew that if we lost it would almost be over because 10 points is a lot. Now four points we believe it is possible, knowing the Premier League is a very tough competition. The pressure was a little bit more onto us. We are happy with that, it is good. We are used to that kind of pressure. Happily the performance from everyone was good and we got three very important points against a fantastic team.”
Manchester City made history in the 2015-16 season by qualifying for the Champions League semi-final for the first time in their history.
Up until now, the club has faced numerous disappointments especially in European competitions. One of the best records they had in Europe was reaching the last 16 stage where they have already faced numerous exits at the hands of clubs like Barcelona. Their poor UEFA coefficient has been claimed as the reason for City not getting favourable draws in group and knockout stages. However, they have managed to show some improvement in Europe for all the spending under the regime of the Middle East owners.
City came close to reaching the Champions League final after managing a decent result against Real Madrid in the first leg. Poor performance in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, though, led to their exit from the competition. Still, this was seen as a very valiant effort from the team who are considered as novices at this stage of the competition. Gael Clichy has experienced a little success in the Champions League before even though he has been playing in this competition for a long time. Now, he is targeting the next step of reaching the final or even winning the trophy.