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Guardiola hopes for swift Bernardo recovery

MANAGER'S REACTION: Pep Guardiola reflects on City's Champions League defeat to Spurs...

MANAGER'S REACTION: Pep Guardiola reflects on City's Champions League defeat to Spurs...

Pep Guardiola hopes Bernardo Silva can make a swift recovery after he was ruled out of the defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League.

The Portuguese midfielder has been superb this season, both in central midfield and wide on the right.

He suffered a setback in training this week and was unable to play in our quarter-final first leg at Spurs – but Guardiola has suggested he won’t be sidelined for too long.

“Bernardo couldn’t play,” he said in his post-match press conference. “During the season there are injuries, there are problems and hopefully next week maybe Bernardo will be fit.”

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Benjamin Mendy also missed the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

He made his first appearance since January in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Brighton and Guardiola said it would have been too risky for him to play again just three days later.

“Mendy after four or five months injured, playing last time then today it was too much,” he said.

Despite the defeat, Guardiola says there are plenty of positives.

He was impressed with the quality his side showed for much of the game and believes City have every chance of turning the tie around when Spurs visit the Etihad in eight days’ time.

“You don’t expect to arrive in a semi-final or quarter-final first leg and win 0-3,” he said.

“We have another option, another chance and that is the point.

"I didn’t expect to come here and solve the situation - we would like to score a goal, we know how important it is but the situation is what it is.

"The team, honestly, when we don’t play good, and you guys say we are not good, but I didn’t have that feeling.

"Especially most of the time in the first half, the second half we made a good build up, as a team we pressed a lot. It’s just the quality they have and they score a goal."

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