Bernardo Silva confident Manchester City will ride through their injury woes

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Bernardo Silva confident Manchester City will ride through their injury woes, despite only having one fit senior centre-back for the weekend

  • Manchester City only have one fit senior specialist centre-back at the moment
  • John Stones joined Aymeric Laporte on the long-term injury list this week
  • However, Bernardo Silva believes the team will be fine in their coming games 

Bernardo Silva told Manchester City’s critics that the Premier League champions have nothing to prove.

City suffered a galling 3-2 defeat at Norwich last weekend before comprehensively beating Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.

Silva believes their achievements – five domestic trophies in two seasons – means criticism bounces off Pep Guardiola’s squad. 

Bernardo Silva is confident Manchester City will be able to ride through their injury woes

Bernardo Silva is confident Manchester City will be able to ride through their injury woes

Aymeric Laporte was stretchered off after an injury during a game back in August

Aymeric Laporte was stretchered off after an injury during a game back in August

‘People can criticise and say what they want,’ the Portuguese said. ‘We don’t need to prove anything to anyone, after what we’ve done the last two seasons.

‘We’re relaxed. Of course we’re not happy, because we want to do better and we know losing against Norwich isn’t ideal, but all teams have good and bad moments.’

That City responded emphatically in the Champions League is evidence that they are equipped to challenge on all fronts again, according to the playmaker.

‘It’s impossible to stay three seasons with only good moments,’ Silva added.. ‘Sometimes you will have bad moments and it’s the way you react to those bad moments that shows and proved how good a team you are and that’s what we’ll try to do. 

John Stones joined Laporte on the long-term injury list after picking up a knock this week

John Stones joined Laporte on the long-term injury list after picking up a knock this week

‘Every time we’ve had bad moments in the past, we’ve always reacted well, and that’s what we’ll try to do again.’

Meanwhile, Ilkay Gundogan lauded Fernandinho after the 34-year-old filled in at centre half against Shakhtar.

‘He’s going to be immensely important there,’ Gundogan said. ‘Maybe he’ll play all the games, depending on his fitness.

‘We need Fernandinho even more now and that’s going to be vital to stay stable at the back, then up front we’re always able to score.’ 

Nicolas Otamendi is the only senior centre-back specialist left for Manchester City now

Nicolas Otamendi is the only senior centre-back specialist left for Manchester City now

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