Pep Guardiola Claims Bernardo Silva Is One Of The Most Talented Players He's Worked With
Pep Guardiola has worked with some all time legends of football during spells with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Barcelona and reckons that Bernardo Silva is amongst the best he's worked with.
This week it was put to Pep Guardiola that he'd only won the Champions League because of the players he's worked with and the Manchester City boss was gracious enough to admit that he'd worked with some of the best players in the world.
The idea came about at his press conference because of his record in Europe's elite club competition since he left the Camp Nou, where he won the title twice.
Guardiola hasn't managed to reach the final despite three seasons with Bayern Munich and another three, so far, with Manchester City.
At all three clubs Pep has worked with some of the best players in the world, including modern greats like Lionel Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Philipp Lahm and Sergio Aguero.
Ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game with Schalke he claimed Bernardo Silva was one of the best players he's worked with, saying:
"He is the biggest star already. He has everything, he's a lovely person, he never makes a bad face if he plays five minutes.
"He's the guy who's the most beloved in our team, he's one of the most talented players I've ever seen, he can play three of four positions.
"He knows when he doesn't play good it doesn't matter, he runs the most. You cannot play every three games at the top level but you can run and run.
"Maybe this season he's one of the two, three best players in the Premier League. In assists, goals, how he celebrates the goals.
"He's a joy for a manager, I'm an incredible lucky guy to have Bernardo in my hands and enjoy him in my training sessions and games.
"Portugal are fortunate to have him. He's a lovely guy. I love him."
The 24 year old joined City from Monaco in the summer of 2017 and although he featured in 35 Premier League games last season he didn't quite live up to how well he'd been playing in Ligue 1.
This season the former Benfica midfielder has stepped up in class though and was one of the main reasons that the Premier League champions didn't miss Kevin de Bruyne during his injury.
Bernardo played more minutes than Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and David Silva and scored five goals in the league.
How good can Bernardo Silva be?