Bernardo Silva stunning in City’s win over Villa
Posted On April 22, 2021
Manchester City moved closer to the Premier League title with a vital 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
It was a nightmare start for Pep Guardiola’s side who lost 1-0 in 20 seconds, with John McGinn converting the cross to Ollie Watkins, but they fought to lead 2-1 before half-time thanks to goals from Phil Foden and Rodri.
John Stones’ halftime red card cast doubt on the outcome, but City were at ease in the second half after Matty Cash pulled it 10-10, picking up a second yellow for a thoughtless challenge on Foden.
Although the 20-year-old is in stunning form again, it was arguably Bernardo Silva who impressed just as much for City at Villa Park.
According to SofaScore, the former Monegasque would get a superb score of 8.2 / 10 for his performance, only Foden (8.2) being better rated.
The Portugal international would record two assists against Dean Smith’s side, with his perfect cut back stolen by Foden, while his teasing cross was headed past Emiliano Martinez by Rodri.
Who was better than Villa?
Considering he has just six assists in the Premier League this season and three have come in his last two top appearances, it seems fair to suggest that Silva is rediscovering his best form after a slow start to the campaign.
At Villa Park, Silva would complete 61/64 of his passes resulting in an incredible 95% passing accuracy rate, which is an improvement over the 91.5% accuracy he averages. in the Premier League so far this season.
It was also better than the 92% recorded by Foden, and if both players contributed three key passes on the evening, the Portugal winger would also create two big chances for his teammates.
Silva also completed four dribbles over Foden’s three and would lose possession just 11 times on the evening, while Foden would lose the ball 16 times.
Therefore, while Foden will earn a lot of praise for his goal and overall performance, it was arguably the ‘outstanding’ Silva who led the show for Guardiola’s side on Wednesday night.
And, in other news… Pep gave the perfect opportunity to hack Man City’s ‘remarkable’ beast, he’s been horrible this year