Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola described Bernardo Silva as “the perfect player” after he scored twice in Tuesday’s 5-0 thrashing of Sporting Lisbon
City all but confirmed their place in the quarter-finals by inflicting Sporting’s joint-biggest home defeat in European competition, as they underlined their status as Champions League favourites.
Silva, a former Benfica player, put on a show in his hometown, scoring a wonderfully struck half-volley that cannoned in off the crossbar to put City 2-0 up, before his deflected effort made it 4-0 at half-time.
Guardiola has told Silva he needs to improve his goalscoring if he is to elevate his game, and the midfielder answered emphatically on Tuesday night by scoring his first double in Europe’s elite competition.
“I always tell him ‘you are the perfect player’,” Guardiola said. “With the ball, he is more than exceptional, but I always say to him you have to go and win games, you have to have the ability to do it. He has the technique, everything.
“This was his hometown, and he loves coming back here. Of course, he is a former Benfica player, so this was special for him tonight.”