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Unsung Hero: Bernardo Silva at his creative best in Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Southampton

Unsung Hero: Bernardo Silva at his creative best in Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Southampton

Manchester City were at their free-flowing best as they swept aside a beleaguered Southampton in comfortable 3-1 win. There was one player who may have escaped your glance with a crucial creative performance.

Nicolas Otamendi was the surprise opening goal scorer of the evening, as he glanced home a cross from Bernardo Silva corner in the 20th minute.

Sergio Aguero was where he always has been in a City shirt, in the right place at the right time, as he turned in Kyle Walker’s cutback into virtually an empty net.

The Argentina international also notched up his second goal of the evening in the 57th minute when he steered the ball through Alex McCarthy’s legs.

We’ve been treated to some amazing Aguero displays over the years, and yesterday proved no different with the Argentine at his very best, attempting all three of his shots from open play from inside the penalty box (via WhoScored).

However, without the former Monaco man, the performance wouldn’t have proved so simple as the Portuguese playmaker decided to sprinkle some of his creative magic on proceedings.

Silva played the most key passes and completed the second-most dribbles of any City player in the victory.

However, more importantly, his use of the ball was second to none as he played the most final third passes of midfield and attacking player.

The Express agreed with this piece on Silva’s performance as they gave him a seven out of 10, commenting on his cross for the opening goal.

They said: “A return to form after a rare flat patch in season, nice cross for opener and buzzing presence throughout.” (Source: The Express)

Manchester City fans, what did you make of Silva’s performance? Let us know your thoughts!

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