Pep Guardiola rang the changes for Manchester City for their clash against Burnley on Monday night, keeping just three of the players who began the win over Arsenal last week.
Any fears that such seismic team changes would be disruptive proved wide of the mark as the reigning Premier League champions swept aside the Clarets 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium, with Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez both scoring twice and David Silva also on target (as per Sky Sports).
The young Englishman now has three goals in two games since the restart and, as the local lad in the team, naturally garnered plenty of the post-match headlines. However, while the limelight is cast on the 20-year-old, the contribution of Bernardo Silva also deserves to be highlighted.
The Portuguese midfielder provided the assist for Foden’s opener, finding him in space to lash the ball home from just outside the penalty area not long after he saw a shot of his own whistle narrowly wide. Just as Bernardo set up the opening goal of the first half, he repeated the trick after the interval, this time latching onto Foden’s cleverly disguised pass to tee up David Silva for Manchester City’s fourth of the night. [via Sky Sports]
On a night when his team dominated the ball with 71% of possession, Bernardo barely wasted a pass in the entire game, finding a team-mate with 62 of his 64 passes for a 97% success rate. He had the most key passes of anyone on the pitch with five, while all four of his long balls were accurate. He also worked diligently to get the ball back whenever Burnley were in possession, winning four of his six duels against the Clarets and also recording two successful tackles. [via Sofascore]
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In his post-match player ratings, Manchester Evening News reporter Simon Bajkowski awarded the 25-year-old an eight and said that “his tireless running caused Burnley problems, finding space in the area of the pitch where De Bruyne normally thrives”.
Bernardo’s two assists last night took him to seven in the league this season and 10 in all competitions. It will ultimately go down as probably the best night of Foden’s fledgling career to date, although the youngster himself would surely acknowledge that his Portuguese team-mate played a significant helping hand, too.
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