Guardiola: “Bernardo is having an incredible season.”

Man City boss salutes former Monaco star, labelling him a ‘fighter’.

Pep Guardiola lauded Bernardo Silva for his all-round display in Manchester City's 2-0 derby win over Manchester United on Wednesday night.

The Citizens boss is convinced, the Portuguese midfielder, who joined City ahead of the 2017-18 campaign from Ligue 1 side Monaco, is one of Europe's best players.

Silva broke the deadlock in the Manchester derby before Leroy Sane wrapped up the win at Old Trafford as City returned to the top of the Premier League table, one point ahead of Liverpool.

And, following the win against United that could prove crucial in City's quest to retain the title, Guardiola praised Bernardo.

"Bernardo is having an incredible season, incredible," he told reporters as the Mirror quoted. "In the second half [against United] he played like a holding midfielder.

"A holding midfielder…Bernardo. It doesn't matter, he fought with Paul Pogba and everyone. It's not just [against United], it's not just his goal, it's all the season, it was a masterclass, a masterpiece every single game. It was incredible.

"Bernardo is a joyous guy. Of course, he can play right or left. For example, the game against Swansea City [in the FA Cup], he played as a left winger and he made the goal and an assist.

"It was offside, the goal from Sergio [Aguero], but he made the assist, and after he played as a holding midfielder. He can play as an attacking midfielder [as well], he's such an intelligent player, with his work ethic.

"He's a fighter. He's one of the best players in Europe. One of the best."

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