Bernardo: ‘We thought we had lost the league’

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Bernardo Silva admits that Manchester City felt it had lost hold of the Premier League when it coughed up an early lead and lost to Newcastle last week.

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“We were very disappointed, more than anyone else,” he said, via The Guardian. “The players, the staff, we were all very sad because we all thought we had lost the league in that game.”

Like many of us, the idea of Liverpool dropping seven more points than City over the final dozen-plus matches of the season sounded absurd.

The Reds had tormented just about every team they played besides City, and faced a pretty ordinary set of fixtures moving forward.

“Fortunately Liverpool drew against Leicester and that gave us a little bit of hope. Then there was another draw against West Ham and that means the race is on. Mentally, it is a big boost for us. We will try to keep doing our job and don’t relax as we did against Newcastle.”

Silva, 24, has five goals and six assists in Premier League play this season, and he’s already played 500 more minutes than his six-goal, five-assist debut campaign.