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Guardiola: Bernardo deserves the best

Pep Guardiola has expressed his delight at Bernardo Silva’s performance in Manchester City’s hard-fought 1-0 victory away to Chelsea.

Gabriel Jesus’ second half strike was enough to earn a deserved three points at Stamford Bridge, in a game which City dominated from start to finish and prevented the hosts from registering a single shot on target.

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Bernardo’s display was indicative of the entire team’s performance, with his energy, industry and composure from midfield all crucial in thwarting Thomas Tuchel’s side.

And Guardiola was hugely satisfied with the role the Portuguese international played in claiming a vital three points against Chelsea.

“What a player. What a performance,” the City boss reflected.

“He’s so intuitive, it’s not his role as a holding midfielder but he knows perfectly (and) anticipates what is going to happen, with and without the ball.

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“Our build-up helped us to beat these extra passes and defensively how many crosses we stopped in the second half when Chelsea were making a lot of crosses.

“(He is) an exceptional player. All I want for Bernardo is to be happy, here and everywhere, number one is his happiness because he’s a guy who deserves the best.”

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