Silva confident City can cope with depleted defence


Bernardo Silva is confident Manchester City will ride via their defensive injury woes.

The back-to-back Premier League champions have just 1 match senior specialist centre-back in Nicolas Otamendi just after John Stones joined lengthy-term injury victim Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines this week.

The absence of the pair has highlighted manager Pep Guardiola’s lack of cover in the position just after former captain Vincent Kompany left with out becoming replaced at the finish of final season.

Defenders John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are both injured
Defenders John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are each injured (Marti Rickett/PA)

Midfielder Fernandinho, who had been preparing for such an eventuality considering that the summer season, filled in as a makeshift defender and looked comfy in Wednesday’s three- Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk.

However with City now regularly in action midweek as effectively as at weekends, there are doubts the 34-year-old will be in a position to start off every single game.

Coming just after final weekend’s surprise error-ridden defeat at Norwich, City have received some uncommon criticism in current days – but Silva is taking no notice.

“People can criticise and say what they want,” the Portuguese stated. “We do not require to prove something to any person just after what we’ve accomplished the final two seasons. We’re relaxed.

“Of course we’re not satisfied due to the fact we want to do improved and we know losing against Norwich is not excellent, but all teams have very good and poor moments. It is not possible to keep 3 seasons, only with very good moments.

“Sometimes you will have poor moments and it is the way you react to these poor moments that show how very good a group you are and that is what we’ll attempt to do. Just about every time we’ve had poor moments in the previous we’ve normally reacted effectively, and that is what we’ll attempt to do once again.”

Shakhtar did not deliver a stern test of City’s unfamiliar Fernandinho-Otamendi centre-half pairing in their Group C encounter in Kharkiv. Objectives from Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus ensured City won comfortably as they visited the Metalist Stadium for a third year in succession.

Fernandinho is now having to play as a defender
Fernandinho is now possessing to play as a defender (Nick Potts/PA)

City looked very good in attack with Kevin De Bruyne also prominent but their efficiency at that finish of the pitch is not in query. It is at the back exactly where they immediately require to uncover a winning formula and Silva felt Fernandinho looked the portion.

He stated: “We saw final season that he’s in a position to play in that position. He’s quite intelligent and when you comprehend the game and you are intelligent like he is, it is effortless.”

Gundogan was also impressed by the overall performance of the Brazilian and expects him to play a crucial function in the weeks ahead.

The German stated: “He’s going to be massively critical there. He’s important now.

“We have two defenders out at the moment and so in the subsequent games we will require Dinho even a lot more.

“It’s going to be important to keep steady at the back, then up front we’re normally in a position to score.”

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