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Bernardo Silva hails Man City’s ‘very good job’ against Watford.

Bernardo Silva lauded Man City's all-round performance after their 3-1 win over the Hornets moved them to the top of the English top flight.

Bernardo Silva scored a brace against the Hornets [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Bernardo Silva scored a brace against the Hornets [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Manchester City moved top of the Premier League for the first time this season with a convincing 3-1 win over Watford on Saturday. West London club Chelsea were toppled from the top after they were beaten 3-2 by West Ham at the London stadium. England international Raheem Sterling opened the scoring at Vicarage Road as he headed in Phil Foden’s cross from the left wing after only four minutes. The hosts were taken to school as City's movement created lots of problems and forced goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann to make several saves. However, City eventually got their second goal of the game when Bernardo Silva finished off a rebound, and the Portuguese found the net again as he cut in from the right side of the penalty area before hitting the back of the net with a wonderful curling strike. Cucho Hernandez pulled one back for Watford, but there was absolutely no chance for a comeback. The Cityzens are now top of the English top flight, one point ahead of Liverpool and two points above Chelsea.

'What matters is that we're top'

After the victory City midfielder Bernardo Silva told Sky Sports: "It was definitely a very good job in the first half. The team started very well, creating chances and not allowing them to counter-attack. We scored two in the first half but should have scored more. "It’s always better to be top of the league than second, third or fourth, but it’s still early. It’s so close – Liverpool are just one point behind us, Chelsea are two points behind us. "Liverpool and Chelsea are having an amazing season. It’s tough for us to compete with each other. We know the level and standards are very high. We know how tough it is to win the most competitive league in the world. We’re going to try our best, like we always do.

"This season I’ve been scoring a lot and I’ll try to keep it that way. What matters is that we’re top of the league now and the team are doing very well at the moment. At the end of the season we want to celebrate some titles. "My first four goals this season were all tap-ins. My last few goals have been quite good, but it doesn’t matter – what matters is putting the ball in the back of the net. I’m happy to help the team. "We know we don’t have a striker. We have a lot of players who try to get in the box and finish. We try to put numbers in the box. If we arrive in the box, we’re going to score goals. "We’re happy with the moment and happy with our form. We have to keep working because this season is going to be very tough."

'Pep: Thank you Silva'

Pep Guardiola pleased with Man City win over Watford [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Pep Guardiola pleased with Man City win over Watford [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Man City boss Pep Guardiola added: "A really good performance. We missed lot of chances, hopefully next time we'll convert more. "The game should be over quicker. We are in the routine that we’re consistent in the way we play. In football the most difficult thing is to put the ball in the net. But the way we played was really good again. "We saw the games against United, Chelsea, Leicester, they created a lot of chances by running on the counter, we stopped that today. "We scored three beautiful goals and we could have scored more." When quizzed about the inform Bernardo Silva, Guardiola said: "I want to say thank you, because after what I said [in midweek about Silva being the best in the league currently], the performance he has done – he didn’t make me wrong. So thank you. He did me well. He is so important for us." On Jack Grealish's position during the match, the Spaniard asserted: "I asked Jack if he enjoyed playing in this position touching the ball lots, he said yes. But still, it’s a bit away from his best condition, he had some days off, he needs rhythm, but it’s good. We have players that can play in different positions."

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