Bernardo Silva has defended Manchester City's record after winning four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups, two Community Shields and the FA Cup under Pep Guardiola.
Bernardo Silva, a winger for Manchester City, thinks Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool receive more credit than Pep Guardiola’s team.
Due to their great accomplishments in previous years, City and the Reds have developed a legendary rivalry. Since his employment in July 2016, Guardiola’s reigning Premier League winners have won four crowns, four EFL Cups, two Community Shields, and the FA Cup.
In contrast, Klopp joined Liverpool in October 2015 and has had comparable success. During his tenure on Merseyside, the Reds have won the Premier League title, the Champions League, the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the Club World Cup, and the Community Shield.
Guardiola has won more trophies at City (11), but Klopp has been successful at Liverpool in more competitions (7). Guardiola has also spent twice as much on transfers as his competitor, which speaks to Klopp’s success at Anfield.
Silva, meanwhile, thinks Guardiola deserves just as much praise as Klopp. The Portuguese playmaker told ESPN, “I’m not complaining here, but I feel like other clubs receive a lot more credit than Man City for accomplishing less.
“For instance, when I was at Benfica, a huge club in Portugal with more supporters and everything else, they make whatever good you do seem fantastic. When you perform well here at Man City, they make it look good.
“I’m not complaining, but playing in the Premier League and winning four titles in five years and checking the Premier League team of the year every year and knowing that we’re never the team that has the most players.
“We don’t have the best manager, we don’t have the best players, but we still win four Premier Leagues in five years? It just doesn’t make sense. It probably shows that Man City players don’t get as much credit as they should. Of course, we don’t get the credit that we deserve.”
When it comes to LMA Manager of the Year award – generally regarded as the biggest coaching honour in England – Klopp and Guardiola have both won the prize twice. The only person to deny either of them in the last five years is Chris Wilder, who claimed the award as Sheffield United boss in 2019 for achieving promotion to the Premier League.
Silva, who joined City in the summer of 2017, has been crucial to Guardiola’s success at the Etihad, but he might not stay there for much longer. Barcelona is interested in signing him before the transfer market ends on September 1 to the Camp Nou.
Regardless of his destiny, Silva anticipates a thrilling Premier League season. Really, it’s unpredictable, he said. “Of course, given what has transpired over the previous four or five seasons, you automatically assume that City and Liverpool will be the two favorites, but take a look at the roster Chelsea is assembling.